James Lloyd Biography


Claim to Fame: California Congressman
DOB: September 27, 1922
Date of Death: February 2, 2012
Diabetes Type: Unknown

A steadfast politician with an accomplished career as a representative in Congress on behalf of the state of California, James Frederick Lloyd, was born in Helena, Montana in 1922. Despite his humble beginnings, he rose to become a beloved friend and trusted voice in politics.

As a child, Lloyd spent the majority of his time helping his family on their farm in Washington, learning the value of hard work and dedication. Lloyd regularly attended school and possessed a strong desire to learn, a trait that would continue to motivate him and propel toward success.

Lloyd's parents moved a number of times, traveling from Washington to Montana, Oregon, and California. Despite the many times he had to relocate, Lloyd remained an outstanding student and graduated from Klamath Falls High School in Oregon. In 1940, Lloyd continued his education at the University of Oregon, but was called away to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to school following the war, completing his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in 1958. Lloyd also received a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California. As a Navy man, Lloyd served as an officer and aviator until the late 1960's. Over the course of his career, Lloyd was responsible for more than fourteen aircraft carriers and developed a life-long fascination with flying and all things pertaining to aviation. In 1963, amidst mounting tension of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Lloyd served as Director of Public Affairs and Cold War Activities for the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was responsible for informing Congress of political and martial procedures.

Lloyd began his political career in 1968 after joining the California Democratic State Central Committee, which he remained a member of until 1972. During his time on the CDSCC, Lloyd also held the position of Councilman of West Covina, California from 1968 to 1975 and Mayor of West Covina from 1973 to 1974.

In 1974, Lloyd made a successful attempt to gain a Democratic seat in the Ninety-fourth Congress. Though elected, his victory was not easily won, representing a highly Republican district and facing fierce opposition and competition within Congress. However, Lloyd proved successful and was re-elected to both the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congress, serving from 1975 to 1981. He aimed for re-election for the Ninety-seventh Congress, but lost to Republican congressman and fellow West Covina resident David Dreier.

On February 2, 2012, Lloyd died in a car accident in Pensacola, Florida. Lloyd had left visiting with his grandson when the accident occurred. According to his son, Lloyd, 89, suffered a stroke while driving, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Lloyd is remembered for his passion and fierce loyalty to his nation and community. According to David Dreier, "He was tireless in his efforts to build a better state and a consummate patriot for our country."

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Last Modified Date: May 22, 2013

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  1. The Denver Post. Former Calif. Congressman Jim Lloyd dies at 89, http://www.denverpost.com/obituaries/ci_19910962 (Accessed 4/4/12)
  2. The Denver Post. Former Calif. Congressman Jim Lloyd dies at 89, http://www.denverpost.com/obituaries/ci_19910962 (Accessed 4/4/12)
  3. Congressman David Dreier. Dreier Statement on the Passing of Jim Lloyd, http://dreier.house.gov/releases/pr020312.shtml (Accessed 4/4/12)

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