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Frank Horton (New York politician)

Frank Jefferson Horton (December 12, 1919 – August 30, 2004) was a United States Representative from New York State.

Frank J. Horton
Frank Horton (New York Congressman).jpg
From 1983's Pocket Congressional Directory of the Ninety-Eighth Congress
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJohn Taber
Succeeded byJohn J. LaFalce
Constituency36th district (1963–73)
34th district (1973–83)
29th district (1983–93)
Personal details
BornDecember 12, 1919
Cuero, Texas
DiedAugust 30, 2004(2004-08-30) (aged 84)
Winchester, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marjorie Wilcox Horton (div.); Nancy Flood Horton
Alma materLouisiana State University (B.A.)
Cornell Law School (LL.B.)

Early life and careerEdit

Horton was born in Cuero, Texas and was a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A., 1941) where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Gamma chapter). He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served until the end of World War II. He then attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1947, the same year that he was admitted to the New York Bar. From 1956 to 1962 he was the President of Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. From 1959 to 1961, Horton served as the Executive Vice President of the International Baseball League, as well as the League's attorney.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Horton was a member of the Rochester City Council from 1955 to 1961. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1962 as a Republican, Horton was re-elected to 14 additional terms.[1]

In 1966, along with three Republican Senators and four other Republican Representatives, Horton signed a telegram sent to Georgia Governor Carl E. Sanders regarding the Georgia legislature's refusal to seat the recently elected Julian Bond in their state House of Representatives. This refusal, said the telegram, was "a dangerous attack on representative government. None of us agree with Mr. Bond's views on the Vietnam War; in fact we strongly repudiate these views. But unless otherwise determined by a court of law, which the Georgia Legislature is not, he is entitled to express them." [2]

Horton was known as a moderate, a Rockefeller Republican and "the least partisan of Representatives." [3] He rose to the position of Ranking Minority Member of the Government Operations Committee (now known as the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.)

Horton retired from Congress in 1993 when redistricting placed him in the same district as his friend Rep. Louise Slaughter.{{Frank Horton, Former Dean of House Delegation, Dies at 84 - The New York ... The New York Times › obituaries › fran...}}

While in Congress, Horton proposed making the United States Environmental Protection Agency a cabinet-level agency and helped introduce the Whistleblower Protection Act in 1987.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Georgia House Dispute". Congressional Quarterly. 24 (3): 255. January 21, 1966.Cited in African American Involvement in the Vietnam War
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