COLLINS, Cardiss, (wife of United States Representative George Washington
a Representative from Illinois; born Cardiss Hortense Robertson in
St. Louis, Mo., September 24, 1931; graduated from Detroit High School of
Commerce, Detroit, Mich.; attended Northwestern University; secretary,
accountant, and auditor for Illinois department of revenue; committeewoman of
Chicagos twenty-fourth ward; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third
Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her
husband, United States Representative George W. Collins, and reelected to the
eleven succeeding Congresses (June 5, 1973-January 3, 1997); was not a
candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress in 1996; died on
February 3, 2013, in Alexandria, Va.
BibliographyCardiss Collins in
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. 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, 2008.