Tom Railsback Bio
Tom Railsback From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Thomas Fisher Railsback (b. January 22, 1932, Moline, Illinois) served eight terms in the United States Congress from 1967-83 for Illinois's 19th congressional district in Moline. Railsback attended the public schools of Moline, Ill., received a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1954; and a J.D., from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois in 1957. He served in the United States Army, 1957-1959. [edit] Political career He served as a member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1962-1966, before being elected as a Republican to Congress in 1966. He was elected in 1966 defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Gail Schissler in a hottly competitive race. The race was a very friendly one with little to no negative attacks on each other, though Railsback credited his victory to the unpopularity of President Lyndon Johnson. A moderate Republican, he served on the House Judiciary Committee in the mid-1970s. He voted for one of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon when they were pending in committee, one of six Republicans to support at least one article. In 1982, Railsback's district was renumbered as the 17th District; Illinois had lost two districts after the 1980 census. He was defeated for renomination by a considerably more conservative Republican, Kenneth G. McMillan. McMillan was defeated by Democrat Lane Evans in November. After leaving Congress, he worked as a lobbyist for the telecommunications industry and federal judges association. He has residences in Palm Desert, California, and McCall, Idaho. [edit] Election Data Election of November 8, 1966 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 77,895 52% Gale Schisler(D)- 71,050 48% Election of November 5, 1968 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 114,948 63% Craig Lovitt (D)- 66,135 37% Election of November 3, 1970 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 92,247 68% James L. Shaw (D)- 43,094 32% Election of Novmeber 7, 1972 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 138,123 100% Election of November 4, 1974 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 84,049 65% James Gende (D)- 44,677 35% Election of November 2, 1976 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 132,571 68% John Craver (D)- 60,967 32% Election of November 7, 1978 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 89,770 100% Election of November 4, 1980 Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 142,616 73% Thomas J. Hand (D)- 51,753 27% Primary Election of March 16, 1982 Kenneth G. McMillan (R)- 24,147 51% Thomas F. Railsback (R)- 23,068 49% Preceded by: Gale Schisler Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 19th congressional district 1967–1983 Succeeded by: Dan Crane This article about an Illinois politician is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Railsback" Categories: Illinois politician stubs | Illinois politicians | Members of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois | People from the Quad Cities ViewsArticle Discussion Edit this page History Move Watch Personal toolsTrailsback My talk My preferences My watchlist My contributions Log out Navigation Main Page Community Portal Featured articles Current events Recent changes Random article Help Contact Wikipedia Donations Search Toolbox What links here Related changes Upload file Special pages Printable version Permanent link Cite this article This page was last modified 05:02, 26 October 2006. All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. (See Copyrights for details.) Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Privacy policy About Wikipedia Disclaimers
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