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John Edward PORTER

(1935- )

PORTER, John Edward, a Representative from Illinois; born in Evanston, Cook County, Ill., June 1, 1935; attended the public schools and graduated from Evanston Township High School, 1953; attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1953-1954; B.S. and B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1957; J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1961; served in United States Army Reserves, 1958-1964; was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1961; honor law graduate attorney, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1961-1963; private practice, Evanston, Ill., 1963-1979; delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1996; member, Illinois general assembly, 1973-1979; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Abner J. Mikva, and reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 22, 1980-January 3, 2001); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Seventh Congress in 2000.

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

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