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On This Day In 1973: Lindy Boggs Succeeds Husband In Congress

March 20, 1973:

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A special election in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District to succeed House Majority Leader Hale Boggs (D), who disappeared in a plane crash over Alaska back in October, is easily won by his widow, Corinne (Lindy) Boggs. She is the first woman ever elected to the House from Louisiana.

Lindy Boggs will hold the seat with no difficulty until she retires in 1990 and is replaced by the Honorable William Jefferson, who becomes the state's first African-American member of Congress.

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