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Otis Grey Pike (born August 31, 1921) is a retired Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Yorkmarker.

Biography

Pike was born in Riverhead, New Yorkmarker. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific as a Dive Bomber and Night Fighter pilot from 1942 until 1946. He graduated from Princeton Universitymarker in 1946 and Columbia Law School in 1948. He was first elected to public office in the Town of Riverhead as a Justice of the Peace then ran for Congress from the 1st Congressional District of New York in 1958, an election which he lost. Two years later, he was elected to Congress in 1960 and represented New York's 1st congressional district from January 3, 1961 until January 3, 1979. He was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and headed the Congressional Special Select Committee on Intelligence, the House version of the Senate Committee on Intelligence headed by Senator Frank Church. The House of Representatives voted 246-124 to direct that the Pike report not be released if not certified by the President not to contain classified information. However, the report was published by the Village Voice. In his final years in Congress, Pike served on the Ways and Means Committee.

During his nine terms in Congress, he was a proponent of pro-environmental legislation including the creation of the Fire Island National Seashoremarker on Long Island, which now includes the Otis G. Pike Wilderness Area. He decided not to seek a 10th term in 1978 and retired from Congress in January, 1979.

Pike then embarked on a new career when he expanded on the weekly newspaper columns he had written weekly during his Congressional years for the papers in his home district, joining the Newhouse News Service. He continued writing his nationally syndicated column twice a week, focusing on events in Washington , for many years , retiring at the age of 80.

Otis Pike has been married twice: in 1946 to Doris O. Pike (1923-1996), with whom he has three children; and in 2002 to Barbe Bonjour. He resides in Vero Beach, Floridamarker, where he continues to practice his favorite hobby, boating.

Pike's son, Doug, graduated from Riverhead High School as class valedictorian in 1967 and later, like his father, from Princeton in 1971.  As of mid-2009, Doug had decided to further follow in his father's footsteps and run for Congress in the 2010 election from PA-06, a suburban Philadelphia district.

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