James George ABOUREZK, Congress, SD (1931)

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ABOUREZK James George , a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Wood, Mellette County, S.Dak., February 24, 1931; attended the Wood and Mission public schools; graduated as a civil engineer from the South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, S.Dak., 1961; graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School, Vermillion, S.Dak. 1966; lawyer; admitted to the South Dakota bar in 1966 and commenced practice in Rapid City; served in the United States Navy 1948-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second Congress (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 1972, but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978; chairman, Select Committee on Indian Affairs (Ninety-fifth Congress); chairman, American Indian Policy Review Commission 1976; resumed the practice of law and began a career in writing; is a resident of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.


Abourezk, James G. Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1989; Abourezk, James G. "The Congressional Veto: A Contemporary Response to Executive Encroachment on Legislative Prerogative." Indiana Law Journal 52 (Winter 1977): 323-43; Abourezk, James, and Hyman Bookbinder. Through Different Eyes: Two Leading Americans, A Jew and an Arab, Debate U.S. Policy in the Middle East. Bethesda, Md.: Adler and Adler, 1987.

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

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