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Don H. Clausen


Born in Ferndale, California, Clausen graduated from elementary and high schools of Ferndale,[1] where he was an honors student and lettered five sports: tennis, track, basketball, football and baseball as well as being the drum major of the school band.[2]

He attended San José State University, California Polytechnic State University (in San Luis Obispo, California), Weber State University (in Ogden, Utah), and Saint Mary's College of California.[1] He took the U.S. Navy V5 Aviation Cadet Program. He served as a carrier pilot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of the Second World War from 1944 to 1945,[1] flying 4FU Corsair aircraft.[2] Post-war, Clausen helped found the Del Norte County Airport,[2] and served as a member of the board of supervisors of Del Norte County, California from 1955 to 1962.[1] He ran two companies in Crescent City, his insurance business, Clausen Associates, and Clausen Flying Service, an air ambulance service.[1]

Clausen was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Clement Woodnutt Miller who had been elected posthumously, and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 22, 1963-January 3, 1983).[1]

Clausen authored the bill creating the Lady Bird Johnson Grove in the Redwood National Park.[2] Former president Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, sitting president Richard Nixon, and future president Ronald Reagan and many other federal and local dignitaries attended the dedication of the grove.[2] Clausen said that this was his proudest accomplishment.[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982, narrowly losing to Democrat Douglas H. Bosco.[1] He served as director, special programs, Federal Aviation Administration from 1983 to 1990 and is a resident of Santa Rosa, California.[1]

The Don Clausen Fish Hatchery in Sonoma County[3] was named in his honor and the Redwood National Park Bypass on State Highway Route 101 was renamed the Don Clausen Highway in 1966 by act of the California Legislature due to his efforts at obtaining appropriations for building that road and the Redwood National Park Visitor Center.[4]

His congressional papers are at Humboldt State University library.[5]


Preceded by
Clement Woodnutt Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Harold T. Johnson
Preceded by
Harold T. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Eugene A. Chappie

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