Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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MOSS, John Emerson (1915-1997)

MOSS, JOHN EMERSON, a Representative from California; born in Hiawatha, Carbon County, Utah, April 13, 1915; moved to Sacramento, Calif., with his parents in 1923; attended the public schools and Sacramento Junior College 1931-1933; engaged in sales, credit executive, and retail business 1938-1943; member of California Democratic State Central committee 1938-1980; national committeeman of California Young Democrats 1942-1944; served in the United States Navy 1943-1945; licensed real estate broker, 1945-1984; member of the State assembly and served as assistant Democratic floor leader at the 1949-1952 sessions; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress; reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation December 31, 1978; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; died on December 5, 1997, in San Francisco, Calif.; interment in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, Sacramento, Calif.

California State University, Sacramento
Special Collections & University Archives
Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1953-1978, 522 linear feet.
The congressional records of John E. Moss, the author and sponsor of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), contain correspondence with constituents, government officials, and personal acquaintances; notes; research materials gathered to frame legislation from subcommittee through publication; reports and investigations leading legislation; photographs; scrapbooks; films; awards and certificates. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 19 pages.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videoreel: 1972, 4 commercials on 1 videoreel.
The commercials were used during John Moss's campaign for the 1972 U.S. congressional election in California, Democratic Party.

  • Blanchard, Robert O. "The Moss Committee and a Federal Public Records Law, 1955-1965." Ph.D. dissertation, Syracuse University, 1966.
  • Lemov, Michael R. People's Warrior: John Moss and the Fight for Freedom of Information and Consumer Rights. Foreword by Ralph Nader. Madison, N. J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011.
  • Moss, John E. "Future Problems and Prospects," in The Voice of Government, edited by Ray E. Hiebert and Carloon E. Spitzer, pp. 25-36. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1968.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: John E. Moss, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.