Lantos was elected to his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives from California in November 2000. He was first elected to Congress in November 1980
Lantos was 16 years old when Nazi Germany occupied his native country. As a teenager, he was a member of the anti-Nazi underground and later of the anti-Communist student movement. Tom was awarded an academic scholarship to study in the United States, and he arrived here in 1947. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and later earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. For three decades before his election to Congress (1950-1980), Tom Lantos was a professor of economics.
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