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Cardiss Collins

Born: Sep 24, 1931

Death: Feb 2, 2013

Birthplace: St. Louis

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Cardiss Collins

Date of Birth : Sep 24, 1931
Date of Death : Feb 2, 2013
Birth Place : St. Louis

Cardiss Hortense Collins, was a Democratic politician from Illinois who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997. She was the first African-American woman to represent the Midwest in Congress. Collins was elected to Congress in the June 5, 1973 special election to replace her husband, George, who had died in the December 8, 1972 United Airlines Flight 553 plane crash. The seat had been renumbered from the 6th district to the 7th when she took the seat. She had previously worked as an accountant in various state government positions.


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