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Connie Hansen Trying To Regain Husband’s Congressional Seat With PM-Primaries Rdp Bjt

May 27, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican Connie Hansen is trying to do something that Idaho voters would not let her husband do in 1984 - go to Congress.

Mrs. Hansen is among five candidates running today in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District GOP primary for the seat her husband, George, narrowly lost in 1984 to Democrat Richard H. Stallings.

If nominated, she will run in November against Stallings, who has no Democratic primary opponent.

Hansen ran in 1984 under the cloud of a conviction on charges of falsifying financial reports filed with the House. He lost to Stallings by 170 votes out of more than 200,000 votes cast.

Of the 105 women elected to the House throughout history, counting a delegate from Hawaii before it became a state, 34 were widows seeking their husbands’ old seats.

Five of them still serve: Louisiana’s Lindy Boggs, Illinois’ Cardiss Collins, Maryland’s Beverly Byron, California’s Sala Burton, Louisiana’s Catherine Long, all Democrats.

Not all women who seek their husband’s old seat in the House are successful.

Kathryn McDonald, widow of Georgia Democrat Larry McDonald, lost a 1983 special election for the seat he had held until he died when a Soviet fighter shot down a South Korean airliner.

In Alaska in 1984, Democrat Margaret ″Pegge″ Begich was defeated by Republican Rep. Donald E. Young. Young first came to Congress by winning a 1973 special election to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Democratic Rep. Nick Begich.

Begich was killed when a plane on which he and then-House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, D-La., Lindy Boggs’ husband, were passengers crashed in Alaska.

Mrs. Begich is running again this year.

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