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National Archives and Records Administration.
THOMAS, Lera Millard, (wife of Albert Thomas),
a Representative from Texas; born Lera Millard, August 3, 1900, in
Nacogdoches, Tex.; attended Brenau College, Gainesville, Ga., and the
University of Alabama; member of the Houston League of Women Voters; first
woman elected to Congress from the State of Texas; elected as a Democrat to the
Eighty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband,
Albert Thomas, and served from March 26, 1966, until January 3, 1967; was not a
candidate for renomination; special liaison for the Houston Chronicle to
members of the armed services in Vietnam, 1968; was a resident of Nacogdoches,
Tex., until her death there on July 23, 1993; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
BibliographyLera Millard Thomas 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