Glenn M. Anderson

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Glenn M. Anderson
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Chair of House Transportation Committee
In office
March 25, 1988 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJames J. Howard
Succeeded byRobert A. Roe
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byCecil R. King
Succeeded bySteve Horn (Redistricting)
Constituency17th district (1969–73)
35th district (1973–75)
32nd district (1975–93)
37th Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967
GovernorPat Brown
Preceded byHarold J. Powers
Succeeded byRobert Finch
Member of the California State Assembly
from the ? district
In office
Mayor of Hawthorne
In office
Personal details
Born(1913-02-21)February 21, 1913
Hawthorne, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 13, 1994(1994-12-13) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeGreen Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1943–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

Glenn Malcolm Anderson (February 21, 1913 – December 13, 1994) was an American politician. He was the 37th Lieutenant Governor of California and later served as congressman. He was a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Anderson was born on February 21, 1913 in Hawthorne, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles in 1936. He worked as a real estate developer and served in the United States Army as an infantry sergeant during World War II.

Early Political Career[edit]

Anderson was mayor of Hawthorne from 1940 to 1943 and a member of the California State Assembly from 1943 to 1950. He served as Lieutenant Governor of California from 1959 to 1967, a tenure most notable for his actions relating to the 1965 Watts riots. With Governor Pat Brown vacationing in Greece when the riots broke out in August, 1965, Anderson served as acting governor. When Los Angeles officials urgently requested state support to quell the riots, Anderson waited five hours before granting approval. The subsequent controversy dogged Anderson for the remainder of his career and was a major factor in his 1966 defeat at the hands of Republican Robert Finch.[2]

Tenure in Congress[edit]

Anderson was first elected to the 91st Congress in 1968 and served 12 terms from 1969 to 1993. As a former real estate developer, he successfully sought a seat on the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, of which he would become chair in 1988. His House colleagues claimed that Anderson’s abilities slipped dramatically in the late 1980s because of his advancing age. State Democratic leaders went so far as to suggest reapportionment in 1991 that would carve up Anderson’s harbor area district. He was removed as Committee Chairman after only 33 months.[3]

He decided not to run for re-election in 1992.

Declining Health and Death[edit]

Anderson underwent multiple heart bypass surgery in 1988.[4] He died on December 13, 1994 at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Pavilion. The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.[1] He was 81.

He is interred in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The Los Angeles Harbor ship channel is named in his honor, and the Interstate 105 in South Los Angeles is named the "Glenn M. Anderson Freeway”.


  1. ^ a b "Anderson, Glenn Malcolm". Who Was Who in America, 1993-1996, vol. 11. New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. p. 6. ISBN 0837902258.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cecil R. King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district

January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1973
Succeeded by
Pete McCloskey
Preceded by
John G. Schmitz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
James F. Lloyd
Preceded by
Craig Hosmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 32nd congressional district

January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Julian C. Dixon
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold J. Powers
Lieutenant Governor of California
January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967
Succeeded by
Robert Finch
Preceded by
James J. Howard
New Jersey
Chairman of House Transportation Committee
January 3, 1988 – January 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Robert A. Roe
New Jersey