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  Chavez, Dennis
NameDennis Chavez
Albuquerque, New Mexico , United States
Born April 08, 1888
DiedNovember 18, 1962 (74 years)
ContributorUser 13
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 30, 2017 06:55pm
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Info Representative and a Senator from New Mexico; born in Los Chavez, Valencia County, N.Mex., April 8, 1888; attended the public schools; worked as a grocer´┐Żs clerk as a boy and later in the engineering department of the city of Albuquerque; travelled to Washington in 1917 with Senator Andrieus A. Jones and served as clerk in the office of the Secretary of the United States Senate 1917-1920; was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1920; was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Albuquerque, N.Mex.; member, State house of representatives 1923-1924; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935); chairman, Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (Seventy-third Congress); did not seek renomination in 1934, but was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator; appointed as a Democrat on May 11, 1935, and elected on November 3, 1936, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bronson M. Cutting; reelected in 1940, 1946, 1952, and again in 1958, and served from May 11, 1935, until his death in Washington, D.C., November 18, 1962; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Public Works (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses); interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.Mex.


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Daughter Gloria Chavez Tristani 1925-2015
Granddaughter Gloria Tristani 1953-
Father David Chavez 0000-
Brother David Chavez, Jr. 1897-1984

  11/04/1958 NM US Senate Won 62.71% (+25.41%)
  05/13/1958 NM US Senate - D Primary Won 65.66% (+31.32%)
  11/04/1952 NM US Senate Won 51.12% (+2.24%)
  05/06/1952 NM US Senate - D Primary Won 68.15% (+36.30%)
  11/05/1946 NM US Senate Won 51.51% (+3.01%)
  06/04/1946 NM US Senate - D Primary Won 57.69% (+15.37%)
  11/05/1940 NM US Senate Won 55.95% (+11.89%)
  09/14/1940 NM US Senate - D Primary Won 51.31% (+2.63%)
  11/03/1936 NM US Senate - Special Election Won 55.74% (+11.52%)
  05/11/1935 NM US Senate - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1934 NM US Senate Lost 49.35% (-0.85%)
  11/08/1932 NM At-Large Won 63.36% (+27.99%)
  11/04/1930 NM At-Large Won 55.75% (+11.75%)
US Secretary of Commerce - Jun 18, 1959 R Lewis L. Strauss