Tom Lantos

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Tom Lantos was a Democratic Congressman from California, where he represents the 12th district. He was elected to Congress in 1980. He died of esphogeal cancer in February 2008.

An American by choice, Tom Lantos was born in Budapest, Hungary, on February 1, 1928. He was 16 years old when Nazi Germany occupied his native country. As a teenager, he was a member of the anti-Nazi underground and later of the anti-Communist student movement. He is the only holocaust survivor ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. Tom was awarded an academic scholarship to study in the United States, and he arrived here in 1947. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and later earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor of Economics from 1950-1980.

He was the founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.




Washington DC Office
2413 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3531

San Mateo Office
400 S. El Camino Real
Suite 410
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 342-0300
Fax: (650) 374-8270

or in San Francisco
Phone: (415) 566-5257

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External Links

  • Official House website.
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus

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