BERMAN, Howard Lawrence

BERMAN, Howard Lawrence
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BERMAN, Howard Lawrence, a Representative from California; born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 15, 1941; graduated from Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, Calif., 1959; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1962; LL.B., University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965; lawyer, private practice; VISTA volunteer, 1966-1967; member of the California state assembly, 1973-1982; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1968, 1976, and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 2013); chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.

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External Research Collections

California State Archives

Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1973-1982, 3 cubic feet. The Howard L. Berman Papers consist of Assembly Bill Files, 1975-1982. The bill files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature. The bills introduced by Berman include a wide array of subjects. He authored bills concerning patient rights to access their own medical records, bail system reform, employee rights, and environmental issues. In addition, as a member of the Legislature, Berman's major legislative accomplishments include the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Planning Commission, the Women and Singles Fair Credit Law and legislation to prohibit discrimination against pregnant employees. There are 41 color photos that are associated with several of these bill files. Berman's Papers include Balanced Federal Budget Files, 1978-1979. These files pertain to a Constitutional Convention on a balanced Federal Budget. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

California State Library
California History Room

Sacramento, CA
Papers: In the John Stanton Political Campaign Collection, 1860-2007, approximately 84 boxes. Subjects represented include Howard L. Berman.

California State University, Northridge
Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library

Northridge, CA
Papers: In the Arleta Chamber of Commerce and Resident's Association Collection, 1963-2000, 10.93 linear feet. Persons represented include Howard L. Berman.

Columbia University
Oral History Archives

New York, NY
Oral History: 1990, 33 leaves. The interview consists of Howard Berman's reminiscences of Allard K. Lowenstein. The following topics are discussed: personality; idealistic as opposed to pragmatic political orientation; belief in social change through an established political system; anti-Communism; Congressional campaigns, 1966-1980; interest in search of anti-war candidate; Dump Johnson campaign, 1967; and Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968 and conflict over Lowenstein's desire to support Robert Kennedy.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Oral History: In the Alan Heslop Oral History Interview, 1994, 383 pages. Subjects discussed include Howard L. Berman.
Oral History: In the T. Anthony Quinn Oral History Interview, 1991, 546 pages. Subjects discussed include Howard L. Berman.
Papers: In the [Assembly Speaker's Office contests, 1974 to 1981, candidates, Berman, Brown, McCarthy and Moretti : newspaper clippings], 106 pieces in 2 portfolios. Persons represented include Howard L. Berman.
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