Anthony C. Beilenson

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Anthony C. Beilenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Tom Rees
Succeeded by Brad Sherman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Thomas M. Rees
Succeeded by Elton Gallegly
Personal details
Born (1932-10-26) October 26, 1932 (age 82)
New Rochelle, New York
Political party Democratic
Religion Judaism[1]

Anthony Charles Beilenson (born October 26, 1932) is a former Democratic Congressman from Southern California who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1997.

Tony, as he is known to his friends, was born in New Rochelle, New York and grew up in an upscale suburb of New York City. He attended Harvard University, earning a Juris Doctor. Beilenson then relocated to Los Angeles and became a partner in a prestigious law firm that represented the film industry.

Beilenson was elected to the California State Assembly in 1963, serving until 1967, and then served in the California State Senate from 1967 to 1976. One of his accomplishments in the California State Legislature was the Beilenson Act, which requires public hearings whenever hospitals close or reduce services.[2][3]

Beilenson then served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representative in the United States Congress, beginning in 1977 until his retirement in 1997. He served on the House Rules Committee, and chaired the House Intelligence Committee.[4]

Numbered among his accomplishments while in the Congress was the enactment early in his tenure there of legislation he introduced to create the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Channel Islands National Park in California.[5] The principal visitor center for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is named the "Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center," pursuant to the 1998 Interior Appropriations Act.

In tribute to his career of public service, Lake Balboa Park in California was renamed as the "Anthony C. Beilenson Park".[6] It is located at 6300 Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406. The park is an 80-acre (320,000 m2) water recreation facility, holding Balboa Lake in the center, an artificial 27-acre (110,000 m2) lake filled with water from the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.


  1. ^ Stone, Kurt F. "The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members, (2011). Pages 320–324. ISBN 9780810857315.
  2. ^ Stall, Bill (June 10, 1971). "Reagan's Welfare Reform Is Killed". The Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "California seeks legal abortions". The Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. May 21, 1964. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Congressional Directory, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
  5. ^ John Gingles - "My Years as a Capitol Hill Legislative Aide", from A Personal Memoir, Washington, D.C., 2007.
  6. ^ "LAKE BALBOA/ANTHONY C. BEILENSON PARK". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas M. Rees
California State Assemblyman, 59th District
Succeeded by
Alan Sieroty
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis Stokes
Chairman of House Intelligence Committee
Succeeded by
Dave McCurdy
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas M. Rees
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Elton Gallegly
Preceded by
Henry Waxman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Brad Sherman