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Rep. Cardiss Collins

Rep. Cardiss Collins

Rep. Cardiss Collins (D-Chicago) was president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1995 to 1996. She first came to the U.S. House after the tragic loss of her husband Rep. George Collins in a plane crash in Chicago in December 1972. Mrs. Collins was born Cardiss Hortense Robertson in St. Louis, Mo., September 24, 1931; graduated from Detroit High School of Commerce, Detroit, Mich.; attended Northwestern University; secretary, accountant, and auditor for Illinois department of revenue; committeewoman of Chicago’s twenty-fourth ward; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative George W. Collins, and reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses (June 5, 1973-January 3, 1997); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress in 1996; is a resident of Alexandria, Va.

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