Eugene A. Chappie

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Eugene A. Chappie
Eugene Chappie.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byDonald H. Clausen
Succeeded byWally Herger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byHarold T. Johnson
Succeeded byDouglas H. Bosco
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 3rd district
In office
December 2, 1974 – December 1, 1980
Preceded byLeroy F. Greene
Succeeded byWally Herger
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 6th district
In office
December 7, 1964 – December 2, 1974
Preceded byPaul J. Lunardi
Succeeded byLeroy F. Greene
Personal details
Born(1920-03-28)March 28, 1920
Sacramento, California
DiedMay 31, 1992(1992-05-31) (aged 72)
Georgetown, California
Political partyRepublican
Paula Di Benedetto
(m. after 1941)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

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 in the military again, 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 "Bizz" Johnson by almost 14 points, becoming the first Republican to represent this vast northern California district since 1942. He was helped by Ronald Reagan easily carrying the district.

He retired in 1987 due to declining health and died on May 31, 1992. Chappie was known for pushing for more federal highway funding.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Eugene A. Chappie (id: C000322)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Join California Eugene A. Chappie
California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 6th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 3rd District
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by