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Representative Nan Honeyman of Oregon

July 15, 1881
Representative Nan Honeyman of Oregon Image courtesy of Oregon Historical Society, (negative 50110) Representative Nan Honeyman of Oregon was one of nine women to serve in the 75th Congress (1937–1939).
On this date, Nan Honeyman of Oregon was born in West Point, New York. Serving only one term in the House of Representatives, Honeyman was a political force in Democratic politics in Portland, Oregon. After declining to run in two separate congressional campaigns, Honeyman caved to party pressure and sought a seat in the 75th Congress (1937–1939). Riding on the coattails of personal friend President Franklin Roosevelt’s second bid for the White House, Honeyman received 53 percent of the general election vote. On January 4, 1937, when Honeyman took the oath of office she told a reporter that she intended to “keep my eyes and ears open and my mouth shut,” in the first session. She largely fulfilled that pledge. During her House service, Honeyman staunchly supported the New Deal. She was assigned to three committees: Indian Affairs, Irrigation and Reclamation, and Rivers and Harbors. The latter assignment was a valuable one, considering the port business of her district. Honeyman supported a range of federal programs that benefited her constituents. She voted for a resolution to continue loans to farmers in 1937 for crop production and harvesting, noting that about 10,000 Oregon farmers had benefited from the program since Roosevelt had taken office. Despite her work in Congress, Honeyman lost her general election bid for the 76th Congress (1939–1941).

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