American Democratic politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999 and was a member of the member of the California Transportation Commission from 1997 to 2007.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1953 and was the U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris from 1977 to 1979.
He was a strong supporter of the labor movement.
He married Arcy Sanchez Torres.
Grace Napolitano succeeded him in the House of Representatives.