Joe Knollenberg Papers

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Joe Knollenberg papers

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Republican Congressman representing the 9th district of Michigan from 1993-2008; files.

Joseph Knollenberg was born in Mattoon, Illinois on November 28, 1933. Knollenberg grew up in Mattoon, and later attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois in 1955. Following college, Knollenberg served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.

By 1959, Knollenberg had moved to the Detroit area, and was living in Oakland County by 1967. At this time, and until the early 1990s, Knollenberg worked as an insurance agent, initially for New York Life and Sears, and later for his own agency.

In 1992, Knollenberg was elected to the United States Congress as a Republican representative of what was initially Michigan's 11th district, and later became the 9th district. During his time in congress, Knollenberg was a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he worked closely with the subcommittees on Foreign Operations, Labor Health and Human Services, Military Construction, Transportation Housing and Urban Development, and Veteran Affairs, among others. In addition to these committee assignments, Knollenberg regularly introduced legislation to congress, including bills combating toilet tank size regulations, and recognizing the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. Knollenberg was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection in 2008.

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The collection is closed to research until January 1, 2021.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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