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Tommy (Tom) Joe VANDERGRIFF

(1926-2010)

VANDERGRIFF, Tommy (Tom) Joe, a Representative from Texas; born in Carrollton, Dallas County, Tex., January 29, 1926; attended public schools of Carrollton and Arlington, Tex.; B.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1947; automobile dealer; insurance agency owner; elected, mayor of Arlington, Tex., 1951-1977; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth Congress (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1985); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress; resumed his automobile business; died on December 30, 2010, in Fort Worth, Tex.

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

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