Otto Passman
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Otto Passman

Otto Ernest Passman (June 27, 1900 - August 13, 1988) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 5th congressional district from 1947 until 1977.[1] As a Congressman, Passman chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Aid where he was a well-known opponent of foreign aid spending.[2]

Passman served in the United States Navy during World War II, after the war ended, Passman ran for Congress against incumbent Congressman Charles McKenzie. Passman defeated McKenzie in the 1946 Democratic primary. During Passman's time in Congress, winning the Democratic primary in Louisiana was considered tantamount to election. Passman was accused of influence peddling in the leadup to the 1976 Primary. Jerry Huckaby challenged Passman in that election and defeated him by a 53% to 47% margin.[3]

After leaving Congress, Passman was charged with taking $273,000 from Tongsun Park while in Congress and was found not guilty after a trial in Monroe.[4]


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  2. ^ "Otto Passman, 88, Louisiana Congressman Who Fought Spending". New York Times. New York, NY: 41. August 14, 1988.
  3. ^ "Rep. Passman Upset by New Face, A Determined La. Dairy Farmer". Washington Post. Washington, DC: A2. August 16, 1976.
  4. ^ "Passman Is Acquitted On Charges of Taking Payments by Korean". New York Times. New York, NY: A1. April 1, 1979.

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