Congressman George Mahon

1306 9th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401


George Herman Mahon (1900-1985) was born in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, to John Kirkpatrick and Lola Willis (Brown) Mahon. In 1908, the family moved to Loraine (Mitchell County), Texas where George grew up on a cotton farm and graduated from Loraine High School. He attended Simmons college (now Hardin-Simmons University) in Abilene and married his high school sweetheart, Helen Stevenson (1900-1987). George received his law degree from The University of Texas and began a law practice in Colorado City, Texas.
In 1926 George Mahon began a life in politics as Mitchell County attorney and then district attorney. Elected to the U.S. house of representatives from the newly-created nineteenth district in 1935, he retained the seat for 44 years. He was one of a few members of house trusted with knowledge of the atomic bomb during World War II. In 1949, Mahon was selected to chair a new subcommittee on defense appropriations and later became the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. Mahon was instrumental in such West Texas projects as the reactivation of Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock and Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, as well as construction of interstate 27 from Amarillo to Lubbock. Mahon accompanied President John F, Kennedy on his trip to Texas in 1963, and was in the motorcade in Dallas when the president was killed. After the 1970 tornado in Lubbock, Mahon persuaded federal officials to grant millions in federal aid to the city. A new library, built on the site of the devastation, was named for George and Helen Mahon. When he retired in December 1978, Mahon was the longest-serving member of the House. He worked closely with seven of eight U.S. presidents with whom he served. In 1984 he and his wife returned to Colorado City.


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