THOMAS, Lera Millard, (1900 - 1993)

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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.


”Lera 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 Office, 2006.