James Abourezk

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James Abourezk
Abourezk in 1977
Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byJoseph C. O'Mahoney (1947)
Succeeded byJohn Melcher
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byKarl E. Mundt
Succeeded byLarry Pressler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byEllis Yarnal Berry
Succeeded byJames Abdnor
Personal details
James George Abourezk

(1931-02-24)February 24, 1931
Wood, South Dakota, U.S.
DiedFebruary 24, 2023(2023-02-24) (aged 92)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology (BS)
University of South Dakota (JD)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1948–1952
Battles/warsKorean War

James George Abourezk (February 24, 1931 – February 24, 2023) is an American politician. He is a former Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator. He was the first Greek Orthodox Christian of Lebanese-Antiochite descent to serve in the United States Senate. He represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 1979.[1] Abourezk died in Sioux Falls on February 24, 2023, his 92nd birthday.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hall, Loretta (1999). Arab American Biography. U.X.L. ISBN 978-0-7876-2954-0.
  2. "Former SD Senator James Abourezk Passes Away". Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. Retrieved February 24, 2023.

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