Shirley Neil Pettis
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Shirley Neil Pettis
Shirley Neil Pettis
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 37th district

April 29, 1975 - January 3, 1979
Jerry Pettis
Jerry Lewis
Personal details
Shirley Neil McCumber

July 12, 1924
Mountain View, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 30, 2016 (aged 92)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jerry Pettis
ResidenceRancho Mirage, California
Alma materAndrews University
UC Berkeley

Shirley Neil Pettis (July 12, 1924 – December 30, 2016) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from California between 1975 and 1979. Her husband Jerry Pettis had been her predecessor.


Early Life and career

Born Shirley Neil McCumber on July 12, 1924 in Mountain View, California, Pettis attended elementary schools in Berkeley, California from 1931 to 1932, and Berrien Springs, Michigan from 1933 to 1937. She graduated from Andrews Academy in 1942. She attended Andrews University from 1942 to 1943, and the University of California, Berkeley from 1944 to 1945. She was a co-founder and manager of Audio-Digest Foundation from 1950 to 1953, and a newspaper columnist for the Sun-Telegram, San Bernardino, California, from 1967 to 1970. Pettis served as vice president of the Republican Congressional Wives Club, 1975. She died in December 2016 at the age of 92.[1]

Political career

Pettis was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-fourth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Jerry Pettis. She won his seat by special election and she was subsequently reelected to the Ninety-fifth Congress (April 29, 1975 - January 3, 1979). She was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978. While a Member of Congress she served first on the House Interior Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She secured passage of her late husband's California Desert Protection Act and the Joshua Tree Wilderness Act legislation. She served as vice president, Women's Research and Education Institute, Washington, D.C. from 1980 to 1981. She served as member of the Arms Control and Disarmament Commission from 1981 to 1983, and the Commission on Presidential Scholars from 1990 to 1992. She served as member of the board of directors, Kemper National Insurance Companies from 1979 to 1997.

See also


  • United States Congress. "Shirley Neil Pettis (id: P000273)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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