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.