Catherine Dean May

Catherine Dean May ( born May 18, 1914 in Yakima, Washington; † 28 May 2004, Rancho Mirage, California ) was an American politician. Between 1959 and 1971, she represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Catherine May was born in 1914 as Catherine Dean Barnes. After a second marriage, she was later called Catherine May Bedell. She attended until 1934, the Yakima Valley Junior College and then studied until 1937 at the University of Washington in Seattle. She finished her studies in 1939 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In the meantime, she taught English at the high school of the city of Chehalis. In the years 1941 and 1942 she was an editor and news anchor in Tacoma. After that, she was in an advertising company Head of the Department for broadcast advertising. From 1943 to 1944 she worked in the same capacity for an insurance company; then she was employed until 1946 as a writer and co- commentator for NBC in New York. From 1948 to 1957 she worked for the transmitter KIT in Yakima. Then Catherine May joined the management of the Yakima Medical Center, for which she worked between 1957 and 1958.

Politically, May member of the Republican Party. Between 1952 and 1958 she was a Member of the House of Representatives from Washington. In the congressional elections of 1958, she was in the fourth constituency of their state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where they became the successor of Hal Holmes on January 3, 1959. After five elections she was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1971 six legislative periods. In this time, the Cuban missile crisis and the war in Vietnam fell. At that time also the 23rd, the 24th and the 25th Amendment were adopted.

When trying to re-election in 1970 Catherine May was defeated Democrat Mike McCormack. Between 1971 and 1981 she worked for the International Trade Commission. In 1982, she was Special Advisor to the President. She died on 28 May 2004 in Rancho Mirage.