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Martha Elizabeth Keys

Politician. Democrat. Born: August 10, 1930, Hutchinson, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District: January 3, 1975-January 3, 1979.

Born Martha Elizabeth Ludwig in Hutchinson, Kansas, on AMartha Keysugust 10, 1930, Keys attended public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Paseo High in 1945. She attended Olivet College, Kankakee, Illinois, from 1946-1947 but received a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1951. Keys was elected to Congress in 1974 and reelected in 1976, but failed in a bid for a third term in 1978 (served, January 3, 1975-January 3, 1979). She subsequently served as special adviser to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1979-1980), Assistant Secretary of Education (1980-1981), consultant in Washington, D.C., in governmental and educational fields (1981-1984), director of the Center for a New Democracy (1985-1986), and since 1987 as a partner in a Washington consulting firm; she now resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Entry: Keys, Martha Elizabeth

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: January 2013

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