Clarence F. Lea

Clarence Frederick Lea ( * July 11, 1874 at Highland Springs, Lake County, California, † June 20, 1964 in Santa Rosa, California ) was an American politician. Between 1917 and 1949 he represented the state of California in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Clarence Lea attended the common schools and the Lakeport Academy. This is followed by a study at Stanford University followed. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Denver and his 1898 was admitted to the bar he began in Santa Rosa to work in this profession. Between 1907 and 1917 he was district attorney in Sonoma County. In the years 1916 and 1917 he served as president of the Association of District Attorneys in California. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party a a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1916, Lea was the first electoral district of California in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Kent on March 4, 1917. After 15 re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1949 a total of 16 legislative periods. These were shaped by the events of the First and Second World War. Since 1937, Lea was chairman of the Committee on the Internal and Foreign Trade. In 1948 he gave up another candidacy.

Between 1949 and 1954 Lea worked in public relations in Washington. He died on June 20, 1964 in Santa Rosa.