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Otto Ernest Passman (June 27, 1900 - August 13, 1988) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 5th congressional district from 1947 until 1977.[1]

In 1952, Jasper Smith announced a challenge to Passman's candidacy as a Republican.[citation needed] In 1974, the winner of the closed GOP primary, Ross P. Shirah dropped out so there was no general election held. In 1976, Passman was challenged by Republican Frank Spooner and Democratic Jerry Huckaby. Huckaby pulled off an upset in his primary and defeated Spooner in the general election.[2][3][4]


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  2. ^ "Passman Declared Official Winner". The Monroe News-Star. August 5, 1952. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "5th District Race Led By Shira". The Shreveport Times. August 18, 1974. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Big Races In N. Louisiana Too Close To Call". The Monroe News-Star. October 29, 1976. Retrieved August 12, 2018