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Shirley Neil PETTIS

(1924- )

PETTIS, Shirley Neil, (wife of Jerry Lyle Pettis), a Representative from California; born Shirley Neil McCumber in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, Calif., July 12, 1924; attended the elementary schools, Berkeley, Calif., 1931-1932, and Berrien Springs, Mich., 1933-1937; graduated from Andrews University Academy, Berrien Springs, Mich., 1942; attended Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich., 1942-1943; attended the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1944-1945; co-founder and manager, Audio-Digest Foundation, 1950-1953; newspaper columnist, Sun-Telegram, San Bernardino, Calif., 1967-1970; vice president, Republican Congressional Wives Club, 1975; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-fourth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Jerry L. Pettis; reelected to the Ninety-fifth Congress (April 29, 1975-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; vice president, Women’s Research and Education Institute, Washington, D.C., 1980-1981; member of the Arms Control and Disarmament Commission, 1981-1983, and the Commission on Presidential Scholars, 1990-1992; member, board of directors, Kemper National Insurance Companies, 1979-1997; is a resident of Rancho Mirage, Calif.


”Shirley N. Pettis” 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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