Wayne R. Grisham
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Wayne R. Grisham
Wayne R. Grisham
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd district

January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Del M. Clawson
David Dreier
Member of La Mirada City Council

Mayor of La Mirada, California


Member of the California State Assembly

Personal details
Wayne Richard Grisham

(1923-01-10)January 10, 1923
Lamar, Colorado, U.S.
DiedJanuary 19, 2011(2011-01-19) (aged 88)
La Mirada, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLa Mirada, California, U.S.
Alma materLong Beach City College (A.A.)
Whittier College (B.A.)
University of Southern California
Occupationteacher, businessman
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Forces
Years of service1942-1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

Wayne Richard Grisham (January 10, 1923 - January 19, 2011) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from California.[1]


Born in Lamar, Colorado, Grisham graduated from Jordan High School in Long Beach, California in 1940. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces stationed in the European theater of World War II from 1942 to 1946. During this time, his plane was shot down and he was a prisoner of war.

In 1947, he received an associate degree from Long Beach City College. In 1949, he earned a B.A. at Whittier College, in Whittier, California. He conducted graduate work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California from 1950 to 1951. He was a teacher, a businessman, and he served as president of Wayne Grisham Realty from 1958 to 1978. He served as chairman of the board of directors of First Mutual Mortgage Co. from 1974 to 1978. He served as member of La Mirada City Council from 1970 to 1978. He then served as mayor of La Mirada from 1973 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1978. He served as a delegate to the California League of Cities and National League of Cities from 1970 to 1978.

A Republican, Grisham was elected to the United States House of Representative in 1978, succeeding retiring incumbent Del Clawson.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1982, after redistricting combined his district with that of fellow Republican David Dreier.

He served as director of the Peace Corps in Nairobi, Kenya, 1983.

He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1984 and was reelected in 1986. In 1987, he ran for the California State Senate in a special election to succeed Democrat Paul B. Carpenter, who resigned to become a member of the California Board of Equalization, but was defeated by Democratic Norwalk City Councilman Cecil Green. He was narrowly defeated for reelection to the state Assembly in 1988.

He was a resident of La Mirada, California.



  • United States Congress. "Wayne R. Grisham (id: G000480)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on March 28, 2010

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