|"Congresswomen on Hand for Start of Session" (detail),
photograph, 1953, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
KEE, Maude Elizabeth, (wife of John Kee and mother of James Kee),
a Representative from West Virginia; born Maude Elizabeth Simpkins,
in Radford, Montgomery County, Va., June 7, 1895; attended public and private
schools of Montgomery County, Roanoke, Va., Washington, D.C., and Bluefield,
W.Va.; graduated from Roanoke Business College, Roanoke, Va.; author of a
weekly column in West Virginia newspapers; sponsor of library for physically
handicapped at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fishersville, Va.; served
as executive secretary to her husband, John Kee, from November 1932 until his
death; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress by special election
July 17, 1951, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, John
Kee; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served from July 17, 1951,
to January 3, 1965; was not a candidate for reelection in 1964 to the
Eighty-ninth Congress; resided in Bluefield, W.Va., where she died February 15,
1975; interment in Monte Vista Park Cemetery.
BibliographyHeywood, Shari A. Elizabeth Kee: A Clarion Voice of and for the
People of Southern West Virginia, 1951-1964. M. A. Thesis, Marshall
University, 2006; Hardin, William H. Elizabeth Kee: West Virginias First
Woman in Congress.
West Virginia History 45 (1984): 109-124.