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Jack Bascom BROOKS

(1922- )

BROOKS, Jack Bascom, a Representative from Texas; born in Crowley, Acadia Parish, La., December 18, 1922; moved with his family to Beaumont, Tex., in 1927; attended public schools and Lamar Junior College, Beaumont, Tex., 1939-1941; B. J., University of Texas at Austin, 1943; enlisted as a private in the United States Marine Corps November 7, 1942, serving overseas twenty-three and one-half months on Guadalcanal, Guam, Okinawa, and in North China, and discharged as a first lieutenant April 23, 1946; colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1946-1972; member of State house of representatives 1946-1950; graduated from the law school of the University of Texas in 1949; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Beaumont, Tex.; owns and operates a farm; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the twenty succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1995); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1988 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Alcee Lamar Hastings, judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1989 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Walter L. Nixon, judge of the United States District Court for the District Court of Mississippi; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; chairman, Joint Committee on Congressional Operations (Ninety-second and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Committee on Government Operations (Ninety-fourth through One Hundredth Congresses), Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundred First through One Hundred Third Congresses).

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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