Carlos J. Moorhead dies at 89; former Republican congressman for 24 years


Former Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead, a Republican who represented Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and surrounding communities for 24 years in Congress, died Nov. 23, his family announced. He was 89.

A Glendale resident, Moorhead died at an assisted-living facility in La Cañada Flintridge after battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Moorhead worked as an attorney in Glendale before entering politics in 1966, when he was elected to the California Assembly. In 1972, he was elected to Congress.


While in Washington, Moorhead served on the Judiciary and the Commerce committees and specialized in energy policy, copyright law and cable TV legislation.

As a first-term congressman, he supported President Nixon during impeachment hearings and, over the course of his career, established a solidly conservative voting record.

Moorhead also helped establish the California Institute for Federal Policy Research, a nonprofit group that encourages bipartisan cooperation.

He chose not to run for reelection in 1996 and retired from public service.

Born May 5, 1922, in Long Beach, he grew up in Glendale and earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 1943 and a law degree at USC in 1949. He served in the Army during World War II.

Moorhead is survived by his wife, Valery; three stepchildren; a sister; and six grandchildren.


A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Glendale Presbyterian Church.