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Julia Butler HANSEN

(1907-1988)

HANSEN, Julia Butler, a Representative from Washington; born Julia Caroline Butler, June 14, 1907, in Portland, Multnomah County, Oreg.; attended the public schools of Washington and Oregon State College, 1924-1926; graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1930; member of Cathlamet, Wash., city council 1938-1946; chairman of Western Interstate Committee on Highway Policies 1951-1961; manager of a title and casualty insurance business 1958-1961; member of the State house of representatives from January 1939 until November 1960, serving as speaker pro tempore 1955-1960; chairman and member of board of trustees of Century 21, State of Washington, since 1958; elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the Eighty-seventh Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Russell V. Mack and reelected to the six succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1960-December 31, 1974); was not a candidate for renomination to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; appointed in 1975 to a six-year term on the Washington State Toll Bridge Authority and State Highway Commission; chairman, Washington State Transportation commission, 1979-1981; was a resident of Cathlamet, Wash., until her death there on May 3, 1988.

Bibliography

”Julia Butler Hansen” in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006; Anderson, Lynda Ring. “Julia Butler Hansen: The Grand Lady of Washington Poltics.” Ed. D. Diss., Seattle University, 1992.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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