DIXON, Alan John (1927-2014)

Democrat of Illinois

0th congressional district

Served in Senate 1981-1992

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Biography

DIXON, Alan John, a Senator from Illinois; born in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., July 7, 1927; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1949; graduated, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo., 1949; served in the United States Navy Air Corps 1945; admitted to the Illinois bar in 1949 and commenced practice in Belleville; elected police magistrate 1949; member, Illinois house of representatives 1951-1963; member, Illinois senate 1963-1971, serving as a minority whip 1964-1970; Illinois treasurer 1971-1977; Illinois secretary of State 1977-1981; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1980; reelected in 1986 and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1993; defeated for renomination in 1992; chairman, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, 1994-1995; partner, law firm of Bryan Cave in St. Louis, Mo.; was a resident of Fairview Heights, Ill., until his death on July 6, 2014; interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
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