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George Thomas (Mickey) LELAND

(1944-1989)

LELAND, George Thomas (Mickey), a Representative from Texas; born in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Tex., November 27, 1944; attended the Harris County public schools; graduated from Phillis Wheatly Senior High School, Houston, 1963; B.S., Texas Southern University, Houston, 1970; senior vice president, King State Bank, 1977; director, special development projects, Hermann Hospital, 1977; Texas State representative, District 88, 1972-1979; delegate, Texas Constitutional convention, 1974; elected to Democratic National Committee, 1976; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1979, until his death August 7, 1989, in an aircraft crash near Gambela, Ethiopia while en route to a United Nations refugee camp near the Sudan-Ethiopia border; chairman, Select Committee on Hunger (Ninety-eighth through One Hundred First Congresses).

Bibliography

”George Thomas (Mickey) Leland” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

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

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