Elizabeth Kee

Elizabeth Kee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's 5th congressional district
In office
July 17, 1951  January 3, 1965
Preceded by John Kee
Succeeded by James Kee
Personal details
Born Maude Elizabeth Simpkins
(1895-06-07)June 7, 1895
Radford, Virginia
Died February 15, 1975(1975-02-15) (aged 79)
Bluefield, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alan Frazier
John Kee
Children James Kee
Alma mater Roanoke Business College
Religion Episcopalian

Maude Elizabeth Kee (June 7, 1895 – February 15, 1975), known more generally as Elizabeth Kee, was a U.S. Democratic politician. She was the first woman elected to Congress from West Virginia.


She was born Maude Elizabeth Simpkins in Radford, Virginia. She married John Kee, and served as her husband's executive secretary from November 1932, when he was first elected to Congress, until his death in 1951. After her husband's death, she was elected as a Democrat in a special election to succeed her husband in the United States House of Representatives serving the Fifth Congressional District of West Virginia in the 82nd through the 88th U.S. Congress. She was elected to six more terms and served from July 17, 1951 to January 3, 1965. While serving in Congress, she served on the House Government Operations, Interior and Insular Affairs, and Veterans Affairs Committees, chairing the latter's Veterans' Hospitals Subcommittee.[1] After struggling to win support for her economic redevelopment plans for her home district in West Virginia during the Eisenhower Administration, Congresswoman Kee through her support behind President John F. Kennedy's campaign in 1960 and, through the Accelerated Public Works Act, funneled millions of dollars through an Area Redevelopment Administration to the state.[2] She did not run for re-election in 1964, and was succeeded in Congress by her son, James Kee. She died in Bluefield, West Virginia.

See also


  1. Nelson, Garrison (1994). Committees in the U.S. Congress: 1947-1992 Committee Histories and Member Assignments. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, Inc. p. 483. ISBN 0-87187-611-6.
  2. Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives (2006). Women in Congress 1917-2006. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 293–295. ISBN 0-16-076753-9.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Kee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Kee

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