Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PETTIS, Jerry Lyle (1916-1975)

PETTIS, JERRY LYLE, (husband of Shirley Neil Pettis), a Representative from California; born in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., July 18, 1916; received elementary and secondary education in Arizona and California; graduated from Pacific Union College, Angwin, Calif., in 1938; engaged in graduate work at the University of Southern California and the University of Denver in 1939-1941; founder of Magnetic Tape Duplicators of Los Angeles; founder of Audio-Digest Foundation, a subsidiary of California Medical Association; founder of a consultant firm for radio, television, and the motion picture industry; flight instructor, search and rescue pilot, Colorado Wing CAP; as pilot with Air Transport Command, Pacific Theater, 1941-1946; professor of economics; vice president for development and chairman of the Board of Councilors, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif., 1948-1961; special assistant to the president of United Air Lines, Chicago, Ill.; ranch owner in Pauma Valley, Calif.; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1967, until his death February 14, 1975, in a private aircraft crash in Banning, Calif.; interment in Montecito Memorial Park, San Bernardino, Calif.

Loma Linda University Libraries
Loma Linda, CA
Papers: 1966-1978. 350 feet. With the papers of Shirley Neal Pettis.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including photographs, portraits, motion picture film, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Jerry L. Pettis, Republican Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • Wood, Miriam. Congressman Jerry L. Pettis: His Story. Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1977.