Family Affair

Posted March 16, 2005 at 3:36pm

In 1932, the electorate swept Republicans from power in the House, installing a Democratic majority aligned with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Among those elected for the first time was Rep. Compton White (Idaho), who went on to serve eight terms. White, seen above in 1933, discovered a vein of silver when inspecting storm damage to his property. He set up what became a successful mine, which financed his bids for Congress and began a four-generation family legacy on Capitol Hill. Rep. Compton White Jr. (D) held the same seat from 1963 to 1966; his son, Michael, attended the Capitol Page School and worked at the Library of Congress. Compton White Sr.’s great-grandson, Ryan White, currently works for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).