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Patsy Takemoto MINK

(1927-2002)

MINK, Patsy Takemoto, a Representative from Hawaii; born Patsy Matsu Takemoto, December 6, 1927, in Paia, Maui County, Hawaii; graduated from Maui High School, Maui, Hawaii, 1944; attended Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., 1946; attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr., 1947; B.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii, 1948; J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Ill., 1951; lawyer, private practice; lecturer, University of Hawaii, 1952-1956, 1959-1962, and 1979-1981; attorney for Hawaii territorial house of representatives, 1955; member of the Hawaii territorial house of representatives, 1956-1958; member of the Hawaii territorial senate, 1958-1959; member of the Hawaii state senate, 1962-1964; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1960, 1972, 1980, and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, 1977-1978; president, Americans for Democratic Action, 1978-1981; member, Honolulu, Hawaii, city council, 1983-1987, chair, 1983-1985; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred First Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Daniel K. Akaka; reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (September 22, 1990-September 28, 2002); died on September 28, 2002, in Honolulu, Hawaii; posthumously elected to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002.

Bibliography

”Patsy T. Mink” 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.

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

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