Robert Giaimo

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Robert Giaimo
Painting of Robert Giaimo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byAlbert W. Cretella
Succeeded byLawrence Joseph DeNardis
Personal details
Robert Nicholas Giaimo

(1919-10-15)October 15, 1919
New Haven, Connecticut
DiedMay 24, 2006(2006-05-24) (aged 86)
Arlington, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic

Robert Nicholas Giaimo (October 15, 1919 – May 24, 2006) was a Democratic US Representative from Connecticut. He co-sponsored the legislation creating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He helped create the Washington Metro and sponsored legislation eliminating the loyalty oath requirement for college students applying for a federal grant.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Giaimo was the son of an immigrant from Sicily who founded the city's Community Bank and Trust Company, which provided loans to many of his fellow immigrants. He attended North Haven public schools and graduated from Fordham University in 1941 and earned his law degree at the University of Connecticut in 1943.

He served in the United States Army from 1943 until separated from the service as a first lieutenant in 1946 (he continued serving as a captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army Reserve). He was admitted to the bar in 1947 and commenced practicing law in New Haven, Connecticut. He became a member of North Haven Board of Education 1949-1955 and an assistant clerk to the Probate Court in New Haven between 1952-1954. He rose to chairman of the Connecticut Personnel Appeals Board for the period 1955-1958 and was third selectman, North Haven from 1955 to 1957.

Congressional career[edit]

1967, Congressional Pictorial Directory

Politically, he was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth United States Congress.

He succeeded in being elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth United States Congress and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1981). During the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth United States Congresses he acted as chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. Giaimo was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh United States Congress in 1980.

He died in Arlington, Virginia of complications from heart and lung disease.[1][2]


  1. ^ Stowe, Stacey (26 May 2006). "Robert Giaimo, 86, Dies; Member of House from Connecticut". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Former New Haven Rep. Giaimo dies". 26 May 2006.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1981
Succeeded by