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Charles "Chip" Pashayan Jr. (born March 27, 1941) served as a Republican Congressman from the Fresno area in California's Central Valley from 1979 to 1991.

Chip Pashayan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJohn Hans Krebs
Succeeded byCal Dooley
Personal details
Born (1941-03-27) March 27, 1941 (age 78)
Fresno, California
Political partyRepublican
Alma materPomona College
UC Hastings College of the Law


Born in Fresno, Pashayan attended Bullard High School, graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College in 1963 and earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1968. He was admitted to the California bar in 1969 and to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1977. He served in the United States Army at the rank of captain from 1968 to 1970. He was special assistant to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He earned a B.Litt. from Oxford University in 1977.

Pashayan won his first term in 1978, when he upset two-term incumbent Democrat John Hans Krebs by a 54% to 46% margin. He represented his largely rural, conservative district until 1990, when he was defeated for reelection by Democrat Cal Dooley. He is of Armenian descent.[1]


  1. ^ Richard G Hovannisian: The Armenian people from ancient to modern times (p. 405)

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Chip Pashayan (id: P000097)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Hans Krebs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Cal Dooley