Charles E. Wiggins
Charles Edward Wiggins (Chuck) served in the United States Army from 1945-1948. He was Company Commander, 6th Infantry; United States Army, 1950-1952 Platoon Leader, Company Commander Staff Officer, 223 Infantry Regiment and spent 30 months in overseas duty (Korea). Mr. Wiggins received the Combat Infantryman Badge. Congressman Wiggins is a veteran of four and oneihalf years in the United States Army, having spent 32 months overseas during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a combat infantry officer with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. | Wiggins was born in El Monte, California and is a native son in every sense of the word, since his father’s family helped to settle El Monte in 1850 and his mother is a descendant of a family that has resided in Whittier since 1903. He was educated in local elementary and high schools. | A graduate of the University of Southern California, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance, and an L.L.B. degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. While attending law school, he was associate editor of the USC Law Review. | As an attorney, Chuck Wiggins was a partner in the law firm of Wood and Wiggins in El Monte. He was active in many civic activities and served as a member and as chairman of the El Monte Planning Commission, and as a member of the El Monte City Council. He was elected Mayor of El Monte in 1964, and during his tenure in office, was instrumental in reducing the city tax rate by 10% while conducting an annexation program which increased the city’s population by 20%. Among the many awards he has received, one of the most valued is recognition as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, conferred upon him by the El Monte Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1960. | Congressman Wiggins was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and all State and Federal Courts in the State of California. He was a former member of the Advisory Board to the District Attorney of Los Angeles County, and was a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Pomona Bar Association and the Citrus Bar Association. He was also a member of the El Monte Lions Club, the California State Republican Central Committee and the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee. | A winner in his first bid for National office, he was elected to the 90th Congress on 8 November 1966 by defeating Ronald Brooks Cameron, a two-term incumbent, by more than 1000 votes. He has been appointed to the House Judiciary Committee and was a member of its Subcommittee No. 4 on Bankruptcy and Reorganization, and a Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce. He was also Whip of the Republican Delegation in the House, and is serving his Party as a member of the Republican Task Force on Urban Affairs.