SISK, Bernice Frederic

SISK, Bernice Frederic
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1910–1995

Biography

SISK, Bernice Frederic, a Representative from California; born in Montague, Tex., December 14, 1910; at the age of six years moved with his parents to Donley County, Tex.; attended the Whitefish School and high school at Abernathy and Meadow, Tex.; attended Abilene Christian College 1929-1931; assisted his father in the operation of a cotton farm; moved to the San Joaquin Valley of California in 1937 and was employed in a food processing plant until 1941; served as a civilian flight dispatcher at the Sequoia Air Force training field, Visalia, Calif., from 1941 to 1945; employed with LeMoss-Smith Tire Co. in Fresno, Calif., 1945-1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; died October 25, 1995.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

California State University
Henry Madden Library

Fresno, CA
Papers: 1955-1979, 500 cubic feet. The papers of Bernice (Bernie) Sisk include materials covering speeches, newspaper clippings, press materials, subject material, and correspondence documenting his role behind the San Luis Water Project, part of the Central Valley Project, and other water and agriculture related legislation. Bernice Sisk served on the House Rules Committee and was instrumental in the passage of significant House reforms which resulted in the 1970 Legislative Reorganization Act and the televising of the Watergate hearings. He also was involved in the formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: B. F. Sisk, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Sisk, B. F. A Congressional Record: The Memoir of Bernie Sisk. Fresno, CA: Panorama West, 1980.

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