|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 5th district
June 21, 1983 – February 1, 1987
|Preceded by||Phillip Burton|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Pelosi|
April 1, 1925
Białystok, Podlaskie, Poland
|Died||February 1, 1987 (aged 61)|
Washington, D. C., U.S.
|Resting place||Presidio of San Francisco|
(m. 1953; died 1983)
|Relatives||John Burton (brother-in-law)|
Sala Galante Burton (April 1, 1925 – February 1, 1987) was a Polish-born American politician who served as a United States Representative from California from 1983 until her death from colon cancer in Washington, D. C., in 1987.
Early life and education
She was born Sala Galante into a Jewish family in Białystok, Poland, on April 1, 1925. The family immigrated to the US in 1939, before the German invasion of Poland, and she attended public schools in San Francisco and then the University of San Francisco.
She was the associate director of the California Public Affairs Institute from 1948 to 1950. She was the vice president of the California Democratic Council from 1951 to 1954. She served as president of the San Francisco Democratic Women's Forum from 1957 to 1959.
Burton served as a delegate to Democratic National Conventions, 1956, 1976, 1980, and 1984. She was elected as a Democrat to the 98th Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Phillip Burton. She was reelected to the two succeeding Congress terms. She was succeeded by future speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Galante married Irving Lipschultz. Together, they had one daughter, Joy. They divorced in 1951. Galante met her second husband Phillip Burton at a California Young Democrats convention in 1950. They were married from 1953 until Phillip Burton's death in 1983. They raised her daughter, Joy, together. Phillip & Sala Burton High School, on the site of the former Woodrow Wilson High School in San Francisco, is named after the couple.
Death and succession
Burton died from colon cancer on February 1, 1987, in Washington, D.C., and was buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. She was succeeded in the resultant special election in the 5th congressional district by Nancy Pelosi, who has represented similar California districts ever since.
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- Appearances on C-SPAN