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Ned R. Healy

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Ned R. Healy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byC. Norris Poulson
Succeeded byC. Norris Poulson
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 13th district
In office
July 1, 1943 – January 1, 1945
Preceded byRoy Hampton
Succeeded byMeade McClanahan
Personal details
Born(1905-08-09)August 9, 1905
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedSeptember 10, 1977(1977-09-10) (aged 72)
Long Beach, California
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseHelen Nelson
ChildrenJeannine, Peter, Nelson
Residence(s)Los Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Marquette University
Professiondealer in auto parts and accessories

Ned Romeyn Healy (August 9, 1905 – September 10, 1977) was a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1943 to 1945 and a member of Congress from 1945 to 1947.



Healy was born August 9, 1905, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended public schools and Marquette University. He also studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in which city he was a stock and bond salesman from 1929 until he moved to Los Angeles in 1932, where he was in merchandising and office management. He was director of the Hollywood office of the California State Relief Administration in 1939 and 1940.

Political life


Healy was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention in 1944, 1946 and 1948.

City Council




In 1943 Los Angeles City Council District 13 lay south and west of Downtown Los Angeles, bounded roughly on the east by Sheffield Street, the south by Valley Boulevard, the west by Vermont Avenue and the north by an irregular line from Pullman Street to Fountain Avenue.[1][2]

Healy ran for election in District 13 against the incumbent, Roy Hampton. In the heat of the campaign, Hampton made a charge in 30,000 fliers circulated "on the eve of the municipal primary" that Healy had at one time been a registered member of the Communist Party. Healy went to the city attorney's office and demanded issuance of a complaint against Hampton for criminal libel, and Hampton quickly made an "unequivocal retraction" of his charge.[3] The record does not show whether Hampton had confused Ned R. Healy with local labor leader Don R. Healy, whom Hampton had accused of being a communist just three years previous.

Another challenger was Kay Cunningham, who missed beating Ned Healy for second place and a runoff position by only 18 votes.[4][5]

Healy went on to victory over Hampton in the 1943 runoff vote, but he quit the council in 1944 after winning election to the House of Representatives that fall. The city council decided to leave the seat unfilled until the next municipal vote, in 1945.[6]



Healy was a New Dealer[7] who in 1943 unsuccessfully opposed granting a permit to Seaboard Oil Company for slant oil drilling under Elysian Park from a site near Riverside Drive.[8][9]

He also fought for a December 1943 resolution honoring Bill of Rights Week that would have put the council on record as opposed to discrimination "against minority groups" and encouraging broadest "racial" unity. Other members of the council objected to those two terms, and, after a two-hour debate, they were eventually deleted and the motion was adopted, 10-5, in opposition to any form of discrimination and in favor of general unity and tolerance.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives


In 1944, he successfully ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving one term from 1945 to 1947. He was defeated for re-election in 1946 by Norris Poulson. In 1948, Healy challenged Poulson again, but lost the rematch.

Later career and death


After his Congressional service ended in 1943, he returned to Los Angeles, where he became a dealer in auto parts and accessories until 1969.

Healy died September 10, 1977. His body was cremated and the ashes scattered at sea.[11]

Electoral history

1944 United States House of Representatives elections in California[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ned R. Healy 66,854 55
Republican Norris Poulson (Incumbent) 54,792 45
Total votes 121,646 100
Democratic gain from Republican
1946 United States House of Representatives elections in California[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norris Poulson 48,071 51.8
Democratic Ned R. Healy (Incumbent) 44,712 48.2
Total votes 92,783 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic
1948 United States House of Representatives elections in California[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norris Poulson (Incumbent) 62,951 52.6
Democratic Ned R. Healy 56,624 47.4
Total votes 119,575 100.0
Republican hold



Access to the Los Angeles Times links may require the use of a library card.

  1. ^ "District Lines Get Approval," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page A-2
  2. ^ "Proposed New Alignment for City Voting Precincts," Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1940, page A-3 Includes a map.
  3. ^ "Retraction by Hampton Quashes Libel Charge," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1943, page 16
  4. ^ "Hampton's Foe May Be Settled by Absentee Vale," Los Angeles Times, April 9, 1943, page 18
  5. ^ "Vote Results Unchanged by Canvass of Ballots," Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1943, page A-16
  6. ^ "Council Holds Healy Job Vacant," Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1944, page 10
  7. ^ "Council Slate Approved," April 4, 1943, page 6
  8. ^ "Final Oil Hearing Set," Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1943, page 1
  9. ^ "Elysian Park Oil Drilling Gets City Council Approval," Los Angeles Times, October 30, 1943, page 1
  10. ^ "Council Avoids Controversy on Bill of Rights," Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1943, page A-16
  11. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  12. ^ "1944 election results" (PDF).
  13. ^ "1946 election results" (PDF).
  14. ^ "1948 election results" (PDF).
Preceded by Los Angeles City Council
13th District

Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by