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Owen B. Pickett

Owen B. Pickett

American politician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American politician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Politician Lawyer
Gender male
Birth 31 August 1930 (Richmond)
Death 27 October 2010 (Virginia Beach)
Education University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The details

Owen Bradford Pickett (August 31, 1930 – October 27, 2010) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia.

Early life

Pickett was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 31, 1930. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1952 and the University of Richmond School of Law in 1955. Pickett was admitted to the Virginia State bar in 1955, and practiced law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Pickett served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1972 until 1986. During this time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 1980 until 1982.

Congressional career

Pickett was elected to Congress in 1986 and represented Virginia's 2nd congressional district from January 3, 1987 until January 3, 2001. He was not a candidate for reelection to the 107th Congress. The Owen B. Pickett U.S. Custom House in Norfolk, Virginia was named in his honor in 2001.

Electoral history

  • 1986; Pickett defeated Republican A. Joe Canada, Jr. and Independent Stephen P. Shao, winning 49.48% of the vote.
  • 1988; Pickett defeated Republican Jerry R. Curry and Independents Stephen P. Shao and Robert A. Smith, winning 60.55% of the vote.
  • 1990; Pickett defeated Independent Harry G. Broskie, winning 77.61% of the vote.
  • 1992; Pickett defeated Republican J.L. Chapman, winning 56.03% of the vote.
  • 1994; Pickett defeated Republican Chapman, winning 59.05% of the vote.
  • 1996; Pickett defeated Republican John F. Tate, winning 57.72% of the vote.
  • 1998; Pickett was unopposed for re-election in 1998.


Pickett died on October 27, 2010 after several years of ill health.

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