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  Holt, Helen F.
NameHelen F. Holt
Weston, West Virginia , United States
Born August 16, 1913
DiedJuly 12, 2015 (101 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 14, 2015 02:37am
InfoHelen Holt was appointed as the nineteenth Secretary of State by Governor Cecil Underwood after the sudden passing of D. Pitt O'Brien. She became the first female to serve as Secretary of State and the first female to serve on the West Virginia Board of Public Works.

Before being appointed as Secretary of State, Holt was a member of the faculty at Greenbrier College. She was also previously appointed to fill her husband's House of Delegates seat for his unexpired term in the state legislature shortly after his death in 1955.

She was the widow to the late Rush Holt Sr., a former state legislator, U.S. Congressman and was one of the youngest individuals elected to the U.S. Senate at age twenty nine.

In 1960, Helen Holt left West Virginia to accept a special assistant position with the Federal Housing Administration in Washington D.C. She worked on initiating a program to construct nursing homes around the nation. She served in senior capacities in the Federal Housing Administration within the Department of Housing and Urban Development throughout her career. Holt's early research led to the first federal programs for nursing homes and care for the elderly.

Holt served as president of the West Virginia State Society of Washington D.C. in 1965 and 1966. She served as president of the Executive Women in Government Organization in 1982. Holt is also an Emeritus Trustee at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Helen's son, Rush Holt Jr., is currently serving as a U.S. Congressman in New Jersey. He introduced successful legislation that required electronic voting machines to produce a paper trail. The bill was entitled the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003. Helen Holt currently resides in Washington D.C.


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Husband Rush D. Holt 00, 1941-Feb 08, 1955
Son Rush Holt 1948-
Father In-Law Mathew S. Holt 1850-1939

  11/04/1958 WV Secretary of State - Special Election Lost 43.58% (-12.84%)
  12/04/1957 WV Secretary of State - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  02/17/1955 WV State House - Lewis - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)