John Hans Krebs

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John Hans Krebs
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Bob Mathias
Succeeded by Charles Pashayan, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1926-12-17)December 17, 1926
Berlin, Germany
Died November 10, 2014(2014-11-10) (aged 87)
Fresno, California, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Hanna Krebs
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley, University of California
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1945 (Haganah)
1952 – 1954 (U.S. Army)

John Hans Krebs (December 17, 1926 – November 10, 2014) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Berlin, Germany, Krebs moved to Israel in 1933 and attended Balfour School (elementary), 1937. He graduated from Ben Yehuda College (high school) in 1945. As a young man, he volunteered for Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary group that supported the creation of an Israeli state. Afterward he immigrated to America in 1946 and obtained United States citizenship in 1954. He earned an A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 1950, and an LL.B., University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, 1957. He was admitted to the California bar in 1957 and commenced practice in Fresno in 1958. He served in United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He served as member of the Fresno County Planning Commission from 1965 to 1969. He served on Fresno County Board of Supervisors from 1970 to 1974. He served as delegate, California State Democratic convention, 1966.

Krebs was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress, defeating four-term Republican Bob Mathias by a 52% to 48% margin. He served in the Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979). Krebs was the first foreign born Congressman from California. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress, losing to Charles Pashayan, Jr.. He was a resident of Fresno, California.

Krebs died on November 10, 2014 in Fresno, California.[1]

See also[edit]


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Mathias
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Pashayan, Jr.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website