John Richard RARICK, Congress, LA (1924-2009)


RARICK, John Richard, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Waterford, Elkhart County, Ind., January 29, 1924; attended Goshen High School, Goshen, Ind., Ball State Teacher’s College, Muncie, Ind., and Louisiana State University; served in the United States Army for three years in the Second World War during which time he was captured and later escaped from a German prison camp; awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart; graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1949; admitted to practice law in Louisiana in 1949; elected district judge of the Twentieth Judicial District, June 28, 1961; resigned judgeship May 15, 1966, to declare his candidacy for Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for the American Independent Party presidential nomination in 1976; unsuccessful Independent candidate for election in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; American Independent Party nominee for United States president in 1980; died on September 14, 2009, in St. Francisville, La.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present