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Oral history interview with Anthony C. Beilenson ... oral history transcript, 1997-1998 /
BANC MSS 2002/323 c v. 1; BANC MSS 2002/323 c v. 2; BANC MSS 2002/323 c
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Oral history interview with Anthony C. Beilenson ... oral history transcript, 1997-1998


Beilenson, Anthony C., creator


Yates, Susan Douglass.


University of California, Los Angeles, Library., Department of Special Collections.


State Government Oral History Program (Calif.)


Beilenson discusses his family background and childhood, attending Harvard University, moving to California in 1957, joining the Beverly Hills Democratic Club and winning the Club's endorsement to run for the 59th Assembly District in 1962. He continues with the impact of 1965 Reapportionment Act in campaigning for public office in 1966, working with Gov. Ronald Reagan to formulate 1971 Welfare Reform Act, working with Gov. Jerry Brown, becoming chair of the Finance Committee in 1975, and deciding to run for the House of Representatives in 1976. Major topics include authoring Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area legislation, Sepulveda Basin park project, working with people affected by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, campaign finance reform, and partisan politics.


[1998?] (issued)


Beilenson, Anthony C
Brown, Jerry -- 1938-
Foley, Thomas S
Gingrich, Newt
O'Neill, Tip
Reagan, Ronald
Rees, Thomas M -- 1925-
Unruh, Jesse -- 1922-1987
Wright, Jim -- 1922-2015
Democratic Party (Calif.)
Legislators -- California -- Interviews
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (Calif.)
California -- Politics and government -- 1951-


by Susan Douglass Yates.
Transcript of a 12-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Oral History Program and the California State Archives, State Government Oral History Program.
Audiotape recording available in the California State Archives.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
California State University, Fullerton. Library. Oral History Program.
California State University, Sacramento. Library. University Archives.
Honnold Library for the Associated Colleges, Claremont, Calif.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Anthony C. Beilenson was born in New Rochelle, NY, on Oct. 16, 1932. From 1963-1966, Beilenson represented the 59th Assembly District. He went on to serve as a state senator of the 26th District from 1967-1976. While in the state legislature, he authored over 200 state laws, including the Therapetuic Abortion Act of 1967, the Welfare Reform Act of 1971, and the Auto Repair Fraud Act of 1971. In 1976, Beilenson won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 23rd District. During his last 2 terms, from 1992-1996, he represented the 24th District. While in Congress, he chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 1989 and 1990. He also served on the Rules Committee and the House Budget Committee, as well as the Congressional Task Force on Immigration Reform. Accomplishments include authoring legislation creating the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Elephant Conservation Act of 1988.

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2 v. ; 29 cm.




BANC MSS 2002/323 c v. 1
BANC MSS 2002/323 c v. 2
BANC MSS 2002/323 c