Eugene A. Chappie

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Eugene A. Chappie

Eugene Albert Chappie (March 28, 1920 – May 31, 1992) was a United States Congressman from California. He served as a Republican between 1981 and 1987.

Chappie was born in Sacramento, California. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army. Chappie was promoted to the rank of captain while serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned home to work in agribusiness before serving more military service, this time during the Korean War.

Chappie entered politics after his tour of duty ended in Korea. He became an El Dorado County Supervisor in 1950. Chappie held this position until his was elected as a Republican to the California State Assembly in 1964. In 1980, he ran for Congress, and he won the first of three terms. In that election, Chappie beat veteran Democratic incumbent Harold T. "Biz" Johnson. He retired in 1987 due to declining health and died on May 31, 1992. Chappie was known for pushing for more federal highway funding.

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Paul J. Lunardi
California State Assemblyman, 6th District
1965–1974
Succeeded by
Leroy F. Greene
Preceded by
Leroy F. Greene
California State Assemblyman, 3rd District
1974–1980
Succeeded by
Wally Herger
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold T. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

1981–1983
Succeeded by
Douglas H. Bosco
Preceded by
Donald H. Clausen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

1983–1987
Succeeded by
Wally Herger