James Kee



James Kee (April 15, 1917 – March 11, 1989) was a U.S. Democratic politician.He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was the son of John Kee, a U.S. Representative from West Virginia who served from 1933 until his death in 1951, and Elizabeth Kee, who succeeded her husband in Congress and served from 1951 until 1965. James Kee served as his mothers administrative assistant from 1953 to 1965. When his mother decided not to run for re-election in 1964, he decided to seek his mothers seat in the United States House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to four terms in the United States House of Representatives serving the Fifth Congressional District of West Virginia in the 89th through the 92nd U.S. Congress from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1973.After West Virginia lost a seat in the House of Representatives as a result of the 1970 U.S. Census, Kees 5th District was merged with the Huntington-based 4th District, represented by fellow Democrat Ken Hechler. The state legislature intended to force Hechler, a firm opponent of the Democratic Party machine, out of office; indeed, the new district contained 65% of Kees former territory even though it retained Hechlers district number. However, Hechler made the most of his strong union ties and routed Kee in the primary.Kee was a resident of Fayetteville, West Virginia until his death in Montgomery, West Virginia on March 11, 1989 at the age of 71.

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