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Rep. Omar Burleson, 1953 from Congressional Pictorial Directory

Omar Truman Burleson (March 19, 1906 - May 14, 1991) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Born in Anson, Texas, Burleson attended the public schools, Abilene Christian College, and Hardin-Simmons University at Abilene, Texas.

Burleson graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1929. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Gorman, Texas. County attorney of Jones County, Texas from 1931 to 1934. He served as judge of Jones County, Texas from 1934 to 1940. He served as special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1940 and 1941. Secretary to Congressman Sam Russell of Texas in 1941 and 1942. He served as general counsel for the Housing Authority, District of Columbia, in 1942. He served in the United States Navy from December 1942 to April 1946, with service in the South Pacific Theater.

Burleson was elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress. He was reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation December 31, 1978. He served as chairman of the Committee on House Administration (Eighty-fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), Joint Committee on the Library (Eighty-fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), Joint Committee on Printing (Eighty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress. He was a resident of Abilene, Texas, until his death there on May 14, 1991. He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson, Jones County, Texas.


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