Jerome Russell Waldie (February 15, 1925 – April 3, 2009)[1] was a United States Representative from California.

Jerome Waldie
Jerome R. Waldie.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
June 7, 1966 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byJohn F. Baldwin Jr.
Succeeded byJohn J. McFall
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Jerome Russell Waldie

(1925-02-15)February 15, 1925
Antioch, California
DiedApril 3, 2009(2009-04-03) (aged 84)
Placerville, California
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law

Early lifeEdit

Born in Antioch, California, Waldie attended Antioch public schools. After three years in the Army during World War II, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1950 with a degree in political science, and earned a law degree from the university's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946.

Political careerEdit

Waldie served as a Democratic member of the California State Assembly from 1959 to 1966, becoming Majority Leader in 1961. One of his last accomplishments in Sacramento was to carry the constitutional amendment, pushed by Speaker of the Assembly Jesse Unruh, to create a full-time legislature.

Waldie was then elected to the 89th Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative John F. Baldwin. He was re-elected four times, serving from June 7, 1966 to January 3, 1975.

As a Congressman, he was an early critic of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, and also advocated health care reforms.

External video
  Advocates; Should The President Be Impeached?, Waldie arguing for the impeachment of President Nixon
01/03/1974, 88:47, WGBH[2]

During the Watergate scandal, Waldie was a vocal critic of President Richard Nixon. Three days after Nixon fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox (in what became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre"), Waldie introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of the President, one of the first members of the House Judiciary Committee to do so. He later voted to impeach Nixon in July 1974 during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon.

Waldie did not run for re-election to the Congress that year. Instead, he campaigned for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in the June primary election but was defeated by then-Secretary of State Jerry Brown, who went on to win in November.

Post-Congressional lifeEdit

As an ex-Congressman, Waldie served as a public advocate. He was chairman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission from 1978 to 1979 and the executive director of the White House Conference on Aging (1980). He also served as member of the California Agricultural Relations Board from 1981 to 1985. He eventually retired to Placerville, California where he resided until his death in April 2009.


  1. ^ Woo, Elaine (April 6, 2009). "Jerome Waldie, former state and federal lawmaker, dies at 84". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "Advocates; Should The President Be Impeached?". Open Vault at WGBH. January 3, 1974. Retrieved September 19, 2016.


  • Jerome Waldie and Nestle Frobish. Fair Play For Frogs: The Waldie-Frobish Papers' (New York, 1977)
  • Jerome Waldie. Oral History Interview. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John F. Baldwin Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
John J. McFall