Horn, Stephen John, 1931-


Horn, Stephen John, 1931-


Bio: Stephen John Horn (b. 1931), Republican Congressman from California, was born in Gilroy, California. His career began as a young political appointee in the Eisenhower Administration, where he was the administrative assistant to Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell. He then served for five and a half years as the legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel, the Deputy Republican Leader (Whip) of the United States Senate. After three years as a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, where he wrote one book, co-authored a second, and hosted a 40-show television series on government, he became Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at The American University in Washington, D.C. His work there led to the presidency of California State University, Long Beach from 1970 to 1988.

From 1988 until his election to Congress, he served as Trustee Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach, with a specialty in the legislative process. In addition to local leadership positions in the arts, economic development, and the United Way, Horn served part-time for 16 years as a founding member and past chairman of the National Institute of Corrections of the U.S. Department of Justice, and for thirteen years, as a member and Vice Chairman of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights. In the 1970s, he lectured for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Information Agency. His topics included the U.S. Constitution and American government, human rights, and education. Books written by Horn on reforming Congressional organization, ethics, and budgeting include: The Cabinet and Congress; Congressional Ethics: The View From the House (with Edmund Beard); and Unused Power: The Work of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Horn also served for eight years in Strategic Intelligence with the U.S. Army Reserve. He has graduate degrees from both Stanford and Harvard universities.


LBJ Connection: Legislative assistant to Senator Thomas Kuchel; donor of notes related to passage of 1964 Civil Rights Act