Findley, Paul

Paul Findley (Republican) was U.S. Congressman from west central Illinois, serving the 20th IL District from 1961 through 1982, when he was defeated. Findley started his political career as a strong fiscal conservative and champion of farmers. By the end of the 1960s his focus had turned more toward foreign affairs. He was an early opponent to the Vietnam War, and one of the early sponsors of the War Powers Act. By the late 1970s, he sought ways to reach out to the PLO and its leader Yasser Arafat. That move angered what Findley referred to the Jewish lobby, a factor in his defeat by newcomer Dick Durbin.​