Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
REES, Thomas Mankell (1925-2003)

REES, THOMAS MANKELL, a Representative from California; born in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 26, 1925; educated in local public schools; B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., 1950; attended University of California Law School, 1951; United States Army; lawyer, private practice; president of Compania del Pacifico, a Latin American export firm; member of the California state assembly, 1954-1962; member of the California state senate, 1962-1965; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representatives James Roosevelt, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (December 15, 1965-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976; president, Community Development and Management, San Jose, Calif.; died on December 9, 2003, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

University of Southern California
Regional History Collection, Archival Research Center, Doheny Memorial Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1960-1976, 117 boxes.
The papers include correspondence and photographs from Thomas Rees's service in the state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. A finding aid is available in the repository. Use of this collection is by appointment only.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: 1987, 388 pages.
An oral history interview in 1987 with Thomas M. Rees conducted by Carlos Vasquez, University of California, Los Angeles for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. In the interview, Thomas Rees discusses his family background, education, World War II service, conversion from the Republican to Democratic parties in the early 1950s, agricultural implement business in Mexico, participation in national Democratic Party conventions from 1956 to 1968, activities as a member of the California State Assembly, California State Senate, and the U. S. House of Representatives, and comments on a wide range of individuals and issues involved in California and national politics from the 1950s to 1987.

Oral History: In the Alan Sieroty Oral History, 1989-1990, 331 pages.
Subjects covered in the interview include Thomas M. Rees.

Oral History: In the Philip L. Soto Oral History, 1988, 241 pages.
Subjects covered in the interview include Thomas M. Rees.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
The Oral History Program
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1969, 27 pages.
An oral history interview with Thomas Mankell Rees.

Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles, CA
Photographs: 1964-1965, 2 photographs.
1) Photograph caption dated March 30, 1964 reads, "Among those attending 'Crisis California' conference Saturday to discuss the impact on the Valley of recent defense cuts were, from left, Valley Councilman James C. Potter, Congressman Charles M. Teague (R-13th Dist.), and State Sen. Thomas M. Rees (D-38th Dist.)." 2) Photograph caption dated July 13, 1965 reads, "Gov. Edmund G. Brown, seated, today signed the automobile smog device bill into law in ceremonies at the New State Building in Los Angeles. From left in rear are Sen. Randolph C. Collier (D-Yreka), the bill's author; Supervisor Warren M. Dorn, Sen. Thomas Rees (D-Los Angeles) and Francis McLaughlin, legislative advocate for Los Angeles County which supported the bill."

University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1987, 388 pages.
A transcript of the oral history interview with Thomas M. Rees conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives, 1987.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Thomas M. Rees, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.