US Congressman. He was born in Hawthorne, California, where he attended local schools and then studied at the University of California in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1936. After college, he worked as a merchant and later became a successful real estate developer. He then decided to enter politics and he ran for the office of Mayor for the city of Hawthorne, California. He won the election and he served as Mayor of Hawthorne from 1940 to 1942. He also served as a Member of the California State Assembly from 1942 to 1943. His political career was disrupted at the outbreak of the Second World War and he put his career on hold and joined the United States Army. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 and at the end of the war he resumed his political duties. Upon his return to politics, he served another term as a Member of the California State Assembly from 1945 to 1950. During this time he also served as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party from 1948 to 1950, California Democratic State Chair from 1950 to 1952, and as a Delegate to the National Convention from California in 1956, 1960, and 1964. He also served as the 37th Lieutenant Governor of California from January 5, 1959, to January 2, 1967. As Lieutenant Governor, he signed off on the orders to send 1,336 National Guard Troops into Los Angeles County, 48 hours after the Watts riots began. He was defeated for a third term for Lieutenant Governor by Republican Robert Finch. During this time he was also Chairman and Member of the California State Lands Commission from 1959 to 1967, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of California State Colleges from 1961 to 1967. His other posts include Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California in 1988, and Chair of the House Transportation Committee from March 25, 1988, to January 3, 1991. A Democrat, he was elected to serve California's 17th, 32nd, and 35th Districts in the United States House of Representatives, from January 3, 1969, to January 3, 1993, a post he held for a total of twenty-four years. He did not seek reelection in 1992. He passed away in Los Angeles from the effects of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 81. The Interstate 105 in South Los Angeles, California, is named in his honour as the "Glenn M. Anderson Freeway."
Bio by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson
Lenore Marie Dutton Anderson
1924–2012 (m. 1957)