John Hans Krebs
John Hans Krebs
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 17th district
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Bob Mathias|
|Succeeded by||Charles Pashayan, Jr.|
|Born||December 17, 1926|
|Died||November 10, 2014 (aged 87)|
Fresno, California, United States
|Alma mater||University of California at Berkeley, University of California|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1945 (Haganah)|
1952 – 1954 (U.S. Army)
Life and career
Born in Berlin, Germany, Krebs moved to British-mandated Palestine 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. Krebs served as a member of the Fresno County Planning Commission from 1965 to 1969 and on the 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). Because he grew up in the British League of Nations Mandate of Palestine (known as Mandatory Palestine) and held a passport from Mandatory Palestine before emigrating to the United States, Krebs is considered by The Jewish Press to have been the first Palestinian American to serve in Congress. However, other sources, including Haaretz, consider John E. Sununu to have been the first Palestinian American to have served in Congress.
Krebs died on November 10, 2014 in Fresno, California.
- Rosenthal, Vic. "The First Actual Palestinian-American in Congress (and He Was Jewish)". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- Kampeas, Ron (2019-01-06). "Ilhan Omar Said She Was the First Refugee Elected to Congress. These Jewish Refugees Came First". Haaretz. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
- John Krebs, former Fresno congressman dies at 87 Archived 2014-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
- United States Congress. "John Hans Krebs (id: K000325)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district
Charles Pashayan, Jr.
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