|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 7th district
January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1971
|John J. Allen, Jr.|
|Ronald V. Dellums|
|Born||June 24, 1914|
San Francisco, California
|Died||February 15, 1999 (aged 84)|
|Awards||Fulbright scholar at Leeds and Oxford universities in 1953-54|
Jeffery Cohelan (June 24, 1914 - February 15, 1999) was a United States Representative from California. He was born in San Francisco, California and attended the public schools and San Mateo Junior College. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics in 1950. He was a Fulbright research scholar at Leeds and Oxford Universities in England in 1953 and 1954.
He worked driving a milk truck from 1935, and was the secretary-treasurer (1942-~1958) of the Milk Drivers and Dairy Employees, Local 302, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In the 1958 election, he campaigned from a milk truck and was elected to Congress. He was a consultant to the University of California Institute of Industrial Relations.
Cohelan was a member of Berkeley Welfare Commission 1949-1953, the Berkeley City Council 1955-1958, and San Francisco Council on Foreign Relations. He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses, from 1959 to 1971. He was known as a Johnson liberal for his support of progressive programs, but also American involvement in the Vietnam War.
His previous support for the war helped lead to Cohelan's defeat in the 1970 primary by Berkeley City Councilman Ron Dellums. He was executive director (1970-1979) of a trade association of Health Maintenance Organizations, Group Health Association of America. After retirement, he enjoyed cooking and sang in the All Saint's Episcopal Church choir. He resided in Washington, D.C. until his death at home February 15, 1999.
APPOINTED Jeffery Cohelan, Democratic congressman from Alameda County, who was defeated for renomination to a seventh term in the June Primary, as executive director of the Group Health Association of America.