MAHON, George Herman, a Representative from Texas; born in the village of Mahon, near Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, La., September 22, 1900; moved to Texas in 1908 with his family, who settled on a farm near Loraine, Mitchell County; attended the public schools; was graduated from the high school at Loraine, Tex., in 1918; Simmons University, Abilene, Tex., B.A., 1924, and from the law department of the University of Texas at Austin, LL.B., 1925; also attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Colorado (now Colorado City), Tex.; elected county attorney of Mitchell County, Tex., in 1926; district attorney of the thirty-second judicial district of Texas, 1927-1933; delegate to each Democratic National Convention 1936-1964; regent of the Smithsonian Institution, 1964-1978; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the twenty-one succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1979); chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-fifth Congresses), Joint Committee on Reduction of Federal Expenditures (Ninetieth through Ninety-third Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; was a resident of Colorado City, Tex., until his death on November 19, 1985, in San Angelo, Tex.; interment in Loraine City Cemetery, Loraine, Tex.
BibliographyRalph Nader Congress Project.
Citizens Look at Congress: George H. Mahon, Democratic Representative from Texas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.