Position: Democratic U.S. representative from Florida; new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Born: Jan. 20, 1920, Tampa, Fla.
Education: Law degree from the University of Florida, 1947.
Family: Married, three children.
Career: U.S. Army paratrooper during World War II, parachuted behind German lines on D-Day and was awarded the Bronze Star; practicing attorney, 1947-1962; Florida House of Representatives, 1952-1958; Florida Senate, 1958-1962; U.S. House of Representatives, 1963-present.
Philosophy: Known as an ardent free-trade advocate; heads the Ways and Means trade subcommittee.
Comments: The Almanac of American Politics 1994 says that although Mr. Gibbons "has risen to be second-ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, he is without great influence there or on the floor."