Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BURGENER, Clair Walter (1921-2006)

BURGENER, CLAIR WALTER, a Representative from California; born in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, December 5, 1921; attended the public schools in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from California State University, San Diego, 1950; United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1946 and 1951; president, Clair W. Burgener Co., realtors, San Diego, Calif.; elected councilman, city of San Diego, Calif., 1953-1957; vice mayor of San Diego, Calif., 1955-1956; member of the California state assemblyman, 1962-1966; member of the California state senator, 1967-1972; president, California Association for Retarded Children, 1959-1961; vice president, National Association for Retarded Children, 1961-1962; vice chairman, President's Committee on Mental Retardation, 1970-1973; delegate to Republican National Conventions, 1960, 1964; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1983); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; member, board of directors, Board for International Broadcasting, 1983-1988; president, California State Personnel Board, 1983-1993; died on September 9, 2006, in Encinitas, Calif.

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library
Provo, UT
Papers: 1975-1982, 12 linear feet.
The papers of Clair Burgener include newspaper articles, newsletters, an autobiography, and an excerpt from the Congressional Record. The materials deal with Burgener's contribution to legislative actions relating to the mentally challenged.


California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: 1990, 189 pages.
An interview of Clair Burgener by Phillip L. Gianos, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton for the State Government Oral History Program, California Archives. In the interview, Clair Burgener discusses California state politics, government, and legislation from the assembly and senate viewpoints, his relationship with Speaker of the House Jesse Unruh, and lack of worthwhile committee assignments while in the assembly. Also discussed is reapportionment, activities in Congress, Clair Burgener's work with mentally retarded children, and his relationship with presidents, governors, and colleagues. A volume includes an index of names discussed in the interview.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1992, 193 pages.
An interview with Clair Burgener by Phillip L. Gianos, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives.


University of California, Los Angeles
Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: In the James Richardson papers on the Ku Klux Klan in Southern California, 1910-1985, 2.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include Clair Burgener.

  • Burgener, Sinclair W. "On Avoiding an Agricultural Slum." In Can You Afford This House?, edited by David Treen, 249-256. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Books, 1978.
  • ------. "Taming the Welfare Problem." In The Case Against the Reckless Congress, edited by Marjorie Holt, 107-114. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Publishers, 1976.