Ray Madden

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Ray Madden
Ray Madden (92nd Congress).jpg
Chair of the House Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1977
SpeakerCarl Albert
Preceded byWilliam M. Colmer
Succeeded byJames J. Delaney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byWilliam T. Schulte
Succeeded byAdam Benjamin Jr.
Personal details
Ray John Madden

February 25, 1892
Waseca, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedSeptember 28, 1987(1987-09-28) (aged 95)
Washington, D. C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1917–1918

Ray John Madden (February 25, 1892 – September 28, 1987) was an American lawyer and World War I veteran who served 17 terms as a United States representative from Indiana from 1943 to 1977.


He was born in Waseca, Minnesota. He attended the public schools and Sacred Heart Academy in his native city. He graduated from the law department of Creighton University with an LL.B. in 1913 and was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Omaha, Nebraska.

Madden was elected as a municipal judge in Omaha in 1916. He resigned during the First World War to serve in the United States Navy. After the war, he was engaged in the practice of law in Gary, Indiana. He was the city comptroller of Gary from 1935-1938 and the treasurer of Lake County, Indiana from 1938-1942. He was a delegate to every Democratic National Convention from 1940 through 1968.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1977). While in Congress, he served as a co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Organization of Congress (Eighty-ninth and Ninetieth Congresses), and chairman of the Committee on Rules (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress. He was a chairman of the Madden Committee.

After leaving Congress, he was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death there. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Ray Madden (id: M000039)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-01-15
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
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