Hawkins, Augustus F.

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Augustus Freeman Hawkins was born in Shreveport, LA, on Aug. 31, 1907; his family moved to Los Angeles in 1918; AB, UCLA, 1931; graduated from USC, 1932; member, CA State Assembly, 1935-63; Democrat, US Congress, 1963-91; Chairman, Committee on House Administration, 1981-84; Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (98th-101st Congresses); member, Joint Economic Committee, 1984-90; member, Joint Committee on Printing, 1977-84; member, Joint Committee on the Library, 1981-84; retired from public service in 1990.

From the description of Papers, 1935-1990. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38273452

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Augustus Freeman Hawkins was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on August 31, 1907; his family moved to Los Angeles in 1918; AB, UCLA, 1931; graduated from USC, 1932; member, California State Assembly, 1935-63; Democrat, U.S. Congress, 1963-91; Chairman, Committee on House Administration, 1981-84; Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (98th-101st Congresses); member, Joint Economic Committee, 1984-90; member, Joint Committee on Printing, 1977-84; member, Joint Committee on the Library, 1981-84; retired from public service in 1990.

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Augustus F. Hawkins was born August 31, 1907, in Shreveport, Louisiana. At age eleven his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he later attended Jefferson High School, graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Economics, and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California.

Congressman Hawkins represented south, central Los Angeles for fifty-six years. He served from 1935 to 1962 in the California State Assembly before coming to Washington in 1963 as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He will retire from elected public service at the end of 1990.

He has compiled a remarkable record of legislative achievement. As a State Assemblyman he authored over 100 laws, including many important social welfare and anti-discrimination bills. As a United States Congressman, he has enacted legislation in the areas of child care; elementary, secondary, vocational and higher education; job training and employment; and Civil Rights. Significant bills passed into public law include the Civil Rights Act Amendment establishing the Equal Employment opportunity Commission, 1975; the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Amendments, 1978; the Full Employment and Balanced Growth (Humphrey-Hawkins) Act, 1978; the Job Training partnership Act, 1982; the School Improvement (Hawkins-Stafford) Act, 1988; and the Civil Rights Restoration Act, 1988.

Prior to his chairmanship of the Education and Labor Committee, Congressman Hawkins served as chairman of the House Administration Committee from 1981 to 1984, where he was responsible for House of Representatives procurement, personnel, printing, elections, and automation issues. Additionally, he served as a member of the Joint Economic Committee from 1984 to 1990, the Joint Committee on Printing from 1977 to 1984, and the Joint Committee on the Library from 1981 to 1984.

Congressman Hawkins' view of public service is best expressed by his own words: The leadership belongs not to the loudest, not to those who beat the drums or blow the trumpets, but to those who day in and day out, in all seasons, work for the practical realization of a better world --those who have the stamina to persist and to remain dedicated. To those belong the leadership.

From the guide to the Augustus F. Hawkins Papers, 1935-1990, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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creatorOf NONMUSIC RECORDING (COLLECTION) Audio materials, 1956-1977 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Records of the Council of Economic Advisers (Carter Administration). 1976 - 1981. Charles L. Schultze's Subject Files. 1977 - 1981. Humphrey-Hawkins Bill [1-12]
referencedIn Records, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2002, 1966-1998 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Records of the Council of Economic Advisers (Carter Administration). 1976 - 1981. Charles L. Schultze's Subject Files. 1977 - 1981. Humphrey-Hawkins Bill: Meeting w/Congressman Hawkins 9/29/77
referencedIn Rees, Thomas M., 1925-. Oral history interview with Thomas M. Rees, 1987. Transcript. [electronic resource] / by Carlos Vasquez, University of California, Los Angeles for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. OCLC Econtent Synchronization Program
creatorOf Augustus F. Hawkins Papers, 1935-1990 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Records of the Council of Economic Advisers (Carter Administration). 1976 - 1981. Charles L. Schultze's Briefing Book Files. 1977 - 1981. Briefing Book: Humphrey-Hawkins [Bill] Testimony, 9/20/79
referencedIn Records of the Council of Economic Advisers (Carter Administration). 1976 - 1981. Charles L. Schultze's Briefing Book Files. 1977 - 1981. Briefing Book: Humphrey-Hawkins Bill [1-3]
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records: Series I-XVI, 1961-1999 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 2/12/80 [2]
creatorOf Hawkins, Augustus F. Papers, 1935-1990. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Hahn, Kenneth. Collection of Kenneth Hahn, circa 1945-1993. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Records of the Project on the Status and Education of Women (Association of American Colleges), (inclusive), (bulk), 1969-1991, 1971-1985 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Miller, Loren. Papers of Loren Miller, 1876-2003 (bulk dates 1932-1966) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Loren Miller papers, 1876-2003, 1932-1966 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
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associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. corporateBody
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Birth 1907-08-31

Death 2007-11-10

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