LANTOS, Thomas Peter

LANTOS, Thomas Peter
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1928–2008

Biography

LANTOS, Thomas Peter, (father–in–law of Richard Swett), a Representative from California; born in Budapest, Hungary, February 1, 1928; came to the United States on an academic scholarship in 1947; B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1949; M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1950; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1953; professor of economics; television journalist; administrative assistant, economic and foreign policy adviser, United States Senate; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-February 11, 2008); chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs (One Hundred Tenth Congress); died on February 11, 2008, in Bethesda, Md.

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

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External Research Collections

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: ca. 1944-2008, 199.35 linear feet. The Tom Lantos papers document the career of a Hungarian-born American politician who was the only Holocaust survivor to have served in the United States Congress. He served 14 terms, from 1981-2008, in the United States House of Representatives as Congressman for the California district encompassing parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. A significant portion of materials pertain to his service on the Government Operations and Foreign Affairs Committees, as well as the Congressional Human Rights Caucus; also prominent in the collection are Lantos' office and press files, personal correspondence, and a limited amount of campaign and political files. The collection encompasses a range of materials-including correspondence, legislative addresses and hearings, campaign literature, press releases, schedules, and ephemera-most notably documenting such legislation and issues as: Anti-Semitism, Israel and the Holocaust, including Raoul Wallenberg; Human Rights issues, especially in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, China and Tibet, and the Middle East; the Department of Housing and Urban Development scandals; Animal Rights; Bay Area Rapid Transit and the San Francisco Airport; and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Tom Lantos papers are subdivided into six series: Personal Files, Campaign and Political Files, Office Files, Press Files, Constituent Service Files, and Legislative Files. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassette: 1986, 1 commercial on 1 videocassette. The commercial was used during Tom Lantos's campaign for the 1986 U.S. congressional election in District 11 of California, Democratic Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lantos, Thomas Peter. "The Economic Development of New Zealand, 1928-1953." Ph. D. Diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1953.

___. Western Foreign Policy Toward Eastern Europe. N.p., 1995.

Lantos, Tom, Elizabeth Skoglund, and Annette Lantos. A Quiet Courage: Per Anger, Wallenberg's Co-Liberator of Hungarian Jews. N.p.: Baker Book House, 1997.

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