WAGGONNER, Joseph David, Jr.

WAGGONNER, Joseph David, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


WAGGONNER, Joseph David, Jr., a Representative from Louisiana; born in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, La., September 7, 1918; graduated from Plain Dealing High School, Plain Dealing, La., 1935; B.A., Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, La.,1941; United States Navy, 1942-1945, 1951-1952; businessman; member of the Bossier Parish school board, 1954-1960; member of the Louisiana state board of education, 1960; president, United Schools Committee of Louisiana, 1961; president, Louisiana school boards association, 1961; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Overton Brooks, and reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (December 19, 1961-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; died on October 7, 2007, in Shreveport, La.; interment in Plain Dealing Cemetery, Plain Dealing, La.

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

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External Research Collections

Louisiana Tech University
Special Collections

Ruston, LA
Papers: 1957-1988, 62 boxes. The congressional papers of Joseph David Waggonner, Jr. contain political files, voting records, material concerning the Judiciary Committee's deliberations on the impeachment of President Nixon, speeches, appointment books, scrapbooks, miscellaneous items, and memorabilia. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Childs, David W. "Congressman Joe D. Waggonner: A Study In Political Influence." North Louisiana Historical Association Journal 13 (Fall 1982): 119-30.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Joe D. Waggoner, Jr., Democratic Representative from Louisiana. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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