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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maryland's 6th district
January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1993
|Born||July 27, 1932|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hood College|
Beverly Barton Butcher Byron (born July 27, 1932), is a former American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the U.S. Congresswoman representing the 6th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1993.
Byron was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. Byron earned a two-year degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and after graduation she became involved in several nonprofit groups and in fundraising for the Democratic Party. She was elected to Congress to replace her husband, Representative Goodloe Byron, who died on October 11, 1978. While in Congress she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, and the House Select Committee on Aging. She was the first woman ever to fly aboard the SR-71 Blackbird of the USAF (checkout #429), on which she flew as a VIP in November 1985.
Like her husband, Byron was a conservative Democrat. She was defeated in the 1992 Democratic primary by a somewhat more liberal challenger, State Delegate Thomas Hattery. Hattery went on to lose to Republican Roscoe Bartlett in the general election. Bartlett had lost to Byron in the 1982 election.