Harlan Hagen

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Harlan Hagen

Harlan Francis Hagen (October 8, 1914 – November 25, 1990) was a United States Representative from California. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1967, representing the 14th District of California.

Born in Lawton, North Dakota, Hagen graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. He went on to graduate from Long Beach Junior College in 1933 and from the University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. degree in 1936. In 1940, he received an L.L.B. from Berkeley.

After receiving his law degree, Hagen entered the private practice of law. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

Hagen was elected to the city council of Hanford, California in 1948. Later that year, he was elected to the California State Assembly where he served from 1949 to 1952. In 1952, Hagen was elected to the 83rd Congress as a Democrat, defeating Republican Congressman Thomas Werdel with 51% of the vote. [1] He went on to serve seven terms in the House of Representatives, from January 3, 1953 to January 3, 1967.

Hagen was defeated for reelection in 1966 by the Republican candidate, Bob Mathias, by a margin of 55.9% to 44.1% in what was by then designated as the 18th District.[2] He tried to win the seat back from Mathias in 1968 but was again defeated, receiving only 33.4% of the vote. [3]

Hagen died on November 25, 1990 in Hanford, California.[1]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel W. Yorty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
John F. Baldwin, Jr.
Preceded by
Craig Hosmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert B. Mathias