James Kee

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James Kee
James Kee 89th Congress 1965.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1965 January 3, 1973
Preceded by Elizabeth Kee
Succeeded byDistrict eliminated
Personal details
Born(1917-04-15)April 15, 1917
Bluefield, West Virginia
Died March 11, 1989(1989-03-11) (aged 71)
Montgomery, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Lee Chapman
Alma mater Georgetown University

James Kee (April 15, 1917 – March 11, 1989) was a U.S. Democratic politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia

Democratic Party (United States) political party in the United States

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United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they compose the legislature of the United States.

West Virginia State of the United States of America

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region in the Southern United States and is also considered to be a part of the Middle Atlantic States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

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Life and career

Kee was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was the son of John Kee, who represented the Bluefield-based 5th District from 1933 until his death in 1951, and Elizabeth Kee, who succeeded her husband in Congress and served from 1951 until 1965. James Kee served as his mother's administrative assistant from 1953 to 1965. When his mother decided not to run for re-election in 1964, he ran for his mother's old seat and won, serving in the 89th through the 92nd U.S. Congress from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1973.

Bluefield, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,342.

John Kee American politician

John Kee was a U.S. Democratic politician serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1933 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1951.

West Virginia's 5th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1903 to 1973. While the district's bounds were changed over the years, for most of its existence it was focused on Bluefield and the coal producing southwestern part of the state. For the last 40 years of its existence, it was held by the Kee family. In the 1970 redistricting, most of the district was combined with the 4th District. Today, most of the old 5th District's territory forms the southern third of the 3rd District.

After West Virginia lost a seat in the House of Representatives as a result of the 1970 U.S. Census, Kee's 5th District was merged with the Huntington-based 4th District, represented by fellow Democrat Ken Hechler. The state legislature intended to force Hechler, a firm opponent of the Democratic Party machine, out of office; indeed, the new district contained 65% of Kee's former territory even though it retained Hechler's district number. However, Hechler made the most of his strong union ties and routed Kee in the primary.

Huntington, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Huntington is a city in Cabell and Wayne Counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the second-busiest inland port in the United States.

Ken Hechler American politician

Kenneth William Hechler was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented West Virginia's 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1977 and was West Virginia Secretary of State from 1985 to 2001.

Kee was a resident of Fayetteville, West Virginia until his death in Montgomery, West Virginia on March 11, 1989 at the age of 71.

Fayetteville, West Virginia Town in West Virginia, United States

Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,892 at the 2010 census.

Montgomery, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Montgomery is a city in West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. Most of the city is in Fayette County, with the remainder in Kanawha County. The population was 1,638 at the 2010 census.

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Sources

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elizabeth Kee
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th congressional district

1965–1973
District eliminated


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