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Marjorie Sewell Holt (September 17, 1920 – January 6, 2018),[1] a Republican, was a U.S. Congresswoman who represented Maryland's 4th congressional district from January 3, 1973 to January 3, 1987. She was the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Maryland.[2] Holt died on January 6, 2018 in Severna Park, Maryland, aged 97.[3]

Marjorie Holt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byPaul Sarbanes
Succeeded byCharles Thomas McMillen
Personal details
Born(1920-09-17)September 17, 1920
Birmingham, Alabama
DiedJanuary 6, 2018(2018-01-06) (aged 97)
Severna Park, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Duncan Holt (died March 2014)
Alma materJacksonville Junior College, University of Florida


Early life and educationEdit

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Jacksonville Junior College (now Jacksonville University). In 1940–1941 she attended the University of Florida College of Law, and was admitted to the Florida bar in 1949, and the Maryland bar in 1962 and commenced practice in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Political careerEdit

In 1972, Holt was elected as a Republican to Congress, and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1987.[2] She represented a district that stretched from Brooklyn Park to Eagle Harbor and included Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Crofton. The district also included Andrews Air Force Base. She was not a candidate for reelection in 1986, and resumed the practice of law in Baltimore. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be a member of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament. She was a resident of Severna Park, Maryland.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Schudel, Matt (January 9, 2018). "Marjorie Holt, Maryland's first Republican congresswoman, dies at 97". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b United States Congress. "Marjorie Holt (id: H000747)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ "Obituary for Marjorie S. Holt at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home".

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul Sarbanes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
C. Thomas McMillen