Frank Horton (New York politician)

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Frank J. Horton
Congressman Frank J. Horton (R-NY).gif
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Gerald B. H. Solomon
Succeeded by John J. LaFalce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by John H. Terry
Succeeded by Stan Lundine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by John Taber
Succeeded by Henry P. Smith III
Personal details
Born December 9, 1919
Cuero, Texas
Died August 30, 2004(2004-08-30) (aged 84)
Winchester, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marjorie Wilcox Horton (div.); Nancy Flood Horton
Profession Lawyer
For the Representative from Wyoming, see Frank O. Horton.

Frank Jefferson Horton (December 12, 1919 – August 30, 2004) was a United States Representative from New York State.

Horton was born in Cuero, Texas and was a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A., 1941) where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Gamma chapter). He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served until the end of World War II. He then attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1947, the same year that he was admitted to the New York Bar. Horton was a member of the Rochester City Council from 1955 to 1961. From 1956 to 1962 he was the President of Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. From 1959 to 1961, Horton served as the Executive Vice President of the International Baseball League, as well as the League's attorney. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1962 as a Republican, Horton was re-elected to 14 additional terms.

Horton was known as a moderate, a Rockefeller Republican and "the least partisan of Representatives." [1] He rose to the position of Ranking Minority Member of the Government Operations Committee (now known as the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.)

Horton retired from Congress in 1993 when redistricting placed him in the same district as his friend Rep. Louise Slaughter.

While in Congress, Horton proposed making the United States Environmental Protection Agency a cabinet-level agency and helped introduce the Whistleblower Protection Act in 1987.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Taber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th congressional district

1963–1973
Succeeded by
Henry P. Smith III
Preceded by
John H. Terry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

1973–1983
Succeeded by
Stan Lundine
Preceded by
Gerald B. H. Solomon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

1983–1993
Succeeded by
John J. LaFalce