“A Representative Life” was more than just a slogan for former Congressman Carlos Moorhead — it was his legacy.
That was the central message relayed during Moorhead's memorial service on Saturday, attended by dozens of friends, family and community members — some of whom wore campaign-style buttons with a picture of Moorhead, 89, and the slogan “A Representative Life.” The late politician died Nov. 23 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
“He was a man of integrity, no pretenses. The same man in public as he was in private,” Moorhead's daughter, Teri Bradford Rouse, said during the ceremony at Glendale Presbyterian Church.
His political life began in the 1960s when he won a seat on the California Assembly.
Moorhead's political aspirations continued, eventually earning the Republican a Congressional seat representing Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena for 24 years.
Unlike the sometimes mean-spirited world of partisan politics that currently exists, Moorhead worked “across the aisle” with Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives, retired Sen. William Armstrong (R-Colo.) said.