HOLIFIELD, Chester Earl, a Representative from California;
born in Mayfield, Graves County, Ky., December 3, 1903; moved with his family
to Springdale, Ark., in 1912; attended the public schools; moved to Montebello,
Calif., in 1920 and engaged in the manufacture and selling of mens apparel
1920-1943; chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central committee of
the Fifty-first District 1934-1938; chairman of the California State Central
committee of the Twelfth Congressional District 1938-1940; delegate to each
Democratic National Convention from 1940 to 1964; elected as a Democrat to the
Seventy-eighth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses and served from January
3, 1943, until his resignation December 31, 1974; was not a candidate for
reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; chairman, Committee on
Government Operations (Ninety-first through Ninety-third Congresses), Joint
Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-seventh, Eighty-ninth, and Ninety-first
Congresses); member, Presidents Special Evaluation Commission on Atomic Bomb
Tests at Bikini Atoll, 1946; congressional adviser to international conferences
on uses of atomic energy, nuclear weapons testing, water desalinization, and
disarmament; resumed the manufacture and selling of mens apparel; died
February 6, 1995.
BibliographyDyke, Richard Wayne.
Mr. Atomic Energy: Congressman Chet Holifield and Atomic Energy
Affairs, 1945-1974. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989; Dyke, Richard
Wayne and Francis X. Gannon.Chet Holifield: Master Legislator and
Nuclear Statesman. With a foreword by Gerald R. Ford and an afterword
by Carl Albert. Lanham, [Md.]: University Press of America, 1996.