Charles A. Halleck

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Charles A. Halleck
House Minority Leader
From: January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Predecessor Joseph W. Martin
Successor Gerald Ford
House Majority Leader
From: January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Predecessor John W. McCormack
Successor John W. McCormack
House Majority Leader
From: January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Predecessor John W. McCormack
Successor John W. McCormack
U.S. Representative from Indiana's 2nd Congressional District
From: January 29, 1935 – January 3, 1969
Predecessor George R. Durgan
Successor Earl F. Landgrebe
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Blanche Annette White
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Charles Abraham Halleck (August 22, 1900 – March 3, 1986) was the Republican U.S. representative from Indiana's 2nd congressional district from 1935 to 1969. He was the House Majority Leader from 1947 to 1949 and the House Minority Leader from 1959 to 1965. A conservative, Halleck described himself as "100 percent Republican" and was known for being a strong figure in his party during the 1960s when his party had been the minority in both Houses of Congress.

Early life/career

Charles Abraham Halleck was born in 1900 in Jasper County, Indiana. He served in the United States Army during World War I, and would later enter law school after being discharged to become the prosecuting attorney for the thirteenth district.[1]

United States House of Representatives

Following the death of Rep. Frederick Landis, Halleck ran for and won a special election to fill the vacancy, and would be re-elected sixteen times.

Rep. Halleck was a member of the Conservative Coalition during the presidency of FDR and later opposed much of Lyndon Johnson's liberal policies.

In regards to government power during the time, Halleck said that Americans should live "as God meant us to live and not as some bureaucrat in Washington … would like us to live."[1]

Halleck strongly supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act along with then-Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen; they were well known on television during the 1960s, especially after Republicans were outnumbered in both the Senate and the House.[2] The Republican Congressional Leadership Statement, known by its nickname, "The Ev and Charlie Show". was named after the two.[3]

Halleck decided in 1968 against seeking re-election to another House term. Then-House Minority Leader Gerald Ford, who would later become president, said:

Charlie has had his hours of greatness, glory and triumph. Charlie has had his hours of disappointment. In both he has always been a gentleman.
— Then-representative Gerald Ford

Throughout his long tenure, Halleck missed 7.3% of all roll call votes, as reported by GovTrack.[4]


Halleck's son, Charles A. Halleck, Jr. (died 2017), was a U.S. federal judge. Although his earlier tenure seemed to strongly echo the conservative views of his father, the younger Halleck later became a "progressive," according to a Washington Post obituary.[5]


Halleck has the Charles A. Halleck Federal Building named after him.[6] He was also inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2010.

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