Former Rep. George Danielson Dies at 83
Saturday, September 19, 1998; Page C04
George Danielson, 83, a California Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1971 until resigning in 1982 to become a judge on the California Court of Appeal, died Sept. 12 in Monterey, Calif., after a heart attack.
As a judge, he was involved in the case of the Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King. Mr. Danielson retired from the bench in 1992.
During his years in the House, he gained his greatest national attention as a member of the Judiciary Committee that held the impeachment hearings of President Richard M. Nixon. Critics generally hailed Mr. Danielson, a vigorous Nixon critic, as an aggressive, intelligent and effective member of the committee.
In addition to the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Danielson also had served on the International Relations and Veterans Affairs committees. Over the years, he had successfully sponsored bills dealing with establishing special prosecutors and calling for financial disclosure in all three branches of government and for disclosure by members of Congress of money and favors received from lobbyists.
Mr. Danielson, a Nebraska native, served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was a 1937 graduate of the University of Nebraska and a 1939 graduate of its law school.
He served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1939 to 1944. He practiced law in Nebraska, and after the war, settled in the Los Angeles area, where he also practiced law.
He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles from 1949 to 1951. He served in the California state Assembly from 1963 to 1967, and then in the state Senate until entering Congress. He was elected from California's 30th District, which included the suburban San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles.
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