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John E. Moss


Picture of John E. Moss
CA Blue Book 2000
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1948 Democratic AD-09 15397 Win
11-07-1950 Democratic AD-09 27730 Win
11-04-1952 Democratic CD-03 87335 Win
11-02-1954 Democratic CD-03 96238 Win
11-06-1956 Democratic CD-03 132930 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic CD-03 169727 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic CD-03 200439 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic CD-03 138257 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic CD-03 166688 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic CD-03 143177 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic CD-03 107446 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic CD-03 103485 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic CD-03 151706 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic CD-03 122134 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic CD-03 139779 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Emerson Moss Jr.
Born: April 13, 1915 in Hiawatha, Utah
Married: Jean Kueny (in 1935)
Children: Jennifer Moss and Allison Moss
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: December 5, 1997 in San Francisco, CA

1938: Director, California Young Democrats
1938-1980: Member, California Democratic State Central Committee
1942-1944: National Committeeman, California Young Democrats
1978: Resigned from the United States House of Representatives on December 31.

  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Freedom of Information Act (1968), which was probably the most important open-government law in the history of the United States. 
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Consumer Product Safety Act (1972), which created the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  
  • PLACENAME: The John E. Moss Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is located in Sacramento.
  • PLACENAME: Moss Drive (near Land Park) in Sacramento, was likely named for Moss, who lived on the street in the 1940s and 1950s.

Source: California Blue Book (1950), (1954)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []
Source: "Biography tells of Sacramento congressman who led a right-to-know revolution" by Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee (5/29/2011)