Helen Stevenson Meyner

Helen Day Stevenson Meyner ( born March 5, 1929 in New York City; † 2 November 1997 Captiva Iceland, Florida) was an American politician. Between 1975 and 1979, she represented the state of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Helen Meyner was born as Helen Stevenson. Her father, William Stevenson (1900-1985) was married to the American 4x400 - meter relay gold medal winner at the Olympic Games in 1924 and later became U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. She attended until 1946 Rosemary Hall High School in Greenwich (Connecticut ); after she graduated in 1950, the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Then she married the governor of New Jersey, Robert B. Meyner. From 1950 to 1952 she worked for the Red Cross. In the following years she wrote newspaper articles. She was also a television journalist.

Politically Helen Meyner was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1972, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the congressional elections of 1974, but it was in the 13th Election District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where they succeeded the Republican Joseph J. Maraziti on January 3, 1975. Their election victory was also due to the Watergate scandal, which hurt the Republicans. After a re-election she was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1979 two legislative sessions. In 1978 they defeated Jim Courter.

After the end of their time in the U.S. House of Representatives Helen Meyner was in the year 1980, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in New York, was nominated to the President Jimmy Carter for reelection; after she retired from politics. After the death of her husband in 1990 she moved to Florida. She died in November 1997 on the island of Captiva Iceland.