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Richard Lawrence Ottinger (born January 27, 1929) is an Americanmarker politician of the Democratic Party, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, and a legal educator.

Early years

Richard L. Ottinger was born in New York Citymarker, the son of Lawrence Ottinger founder of U.S. Plywood, and nephew of Albert Ottinger, the Republican Attorney General of New York from 1925 to 1928.

He attended the public schools of Scarsdale, New Yorkmarker and graduated from the Loomis Schoolmarker, Windsor, Connecticutmarker in 1946. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell Universitymarker in 1950 and graduated from Harvard Law Schoolmarker in 1953. He also studied international law at Georgetown Universitymarker.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1957, and was discharged as a captain. He was admitted to the New Yorkmarker bar and practiced international and corporate law. He was one of the founders and the second staff member of the Peace Corps, serving as director of programs for the west coast of South America from 1961 to 1964.

Political career

1969, Congressional Pictorial Directory
In the 1964 election, he was elected as a Democrat to the 89th United States Congress and was re-elected twice. In 1970, he gave up his House seat to run on the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senator from New York. In that race, Ottinger split the liberal vote with the Republican/Liberal candidate Charles Goodell, and was defeated by the Conservative nominee James L. Buckley.

He returned to the House of Representatives from a different district in the 1974 election, and was re-elected to the four succeeding Congresses, retiring in 1985.

Family Life

Richard was divorced from Betty Anne Ottinger, and then married June Ottinger.He has 3 sons: Ronald, Randy and Larry; and one daughter Jenny.

Subsequent career

After retiring from Congress, Ottinger became a professor at Pace University School of Lawmarker, founding an environmental law program there, and served as the law school dean from 1994 to 1999. He currently serves as Dean Emeritus.


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