Charles J. Kersten

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Charles J. Kersten
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1955
Preceded by Andrew Biemiller
Succeeded by Henry S. Reuss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by Andrew Biemiller
Succeeded by Andrew Biemiller
Personal details
Born (1902-05-26)May 26, 1902
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 31, 1972(1972-10-31) (aged 70)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican

Charles Joseph Kersten (May 26, 1902 - October 31, 1972) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Kersten graduated from Marquette University College of Law, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1925 and was admitted to the bar the same year. He commenced the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1928, serving as first assistant district attorney of Milwaukee County from 1937-1943.

Kersten was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949) as the representative of Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. He was a close friend of fellow freshman Congressman Richard Nixon. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress.

Kersten was elected to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955) once again representing Wisconsin's 5th district. He served as chairman of the Select Committee on Communist Aggression (Eighty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954, and failed in his bid for renomination in 1956. In between these campaigns Kersten briefly served in the Eisenhower administration under Nelson Rockefeller as White House consultant on psychological warfare (1955–1956). He then resumed his law practice, remaining active in anticommunist circles until his death October 31, 1972, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Biemiller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Andrew Biemiller
Preceded by
Andrew Biemiller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1955
Succeeded by
Henry S. Reuss