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John Anthony DURKIN

(1936- )
Senate Years of Service:
1975-1980
Party:
Democrat

DURKIN, John Anthony, a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Brookfield, Worcester County, Mass., March 29, 1936; attended public schools; graduated from Holy Cross College, Worcester, 1959 and Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1965; served in the United States Navy 1959-1961; admitted to New Hampshire and Massachusetts bars in 1966 and commenced practice in Concord, N.H.; served in office of New Hampshire attorney general 1966-1968; New Hampshire assistant attorney general 1967-1968; New Hampshire insurance commissioner 1968-1973; was a candidate for election in 1974 to the United States Senate for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1975; due to the contested election, the Senate declared the seat vacant as of August 8, 1975; elected as a Democrat, by special election, September 16, 1975, to fill the vacancy, and served from September 18, 1975, until his resignation December 29, 1980; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 and 1990; resumed the practice of law in New Hampshire; is a resident of Manchester, N.H.

Bibliography

Tibbetts, Don. The Closest U.S. Senate Race in History: Durkin v. Wyman. Manchester, N.H.: J.W. Cummings Enterprises, 1976.

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