Former U.S. Representative Katie Hall Dies At 73

Source: AP / The Huffington Post

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Former Indiana congresswoman Katie Hall, one of the sponsors of the 1983 legislation that established a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. She was 73.

Hall’s husband, John Henry Hall, said she died Monday at Methodist Hospitals’ Northlake campus in Gary from an undisclosed illness.

John Henry Hall said his wife’s work on the bill to make Martin Luther King Day a national holiday was the accomplishment of which she was most proud.

“She was there with President Reagan as well as Coretta Scott King and others when the president signed it. It was one of the highlights of her career, tremendously so,” he said.

Katie Hall, who was Indiana’s first black member in the U.S. House of Representatives, got her start in politics working for the election of Richard Hatcher as mayor of Gary in 1967, when he became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city.

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