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Jocelyn Louise Burdick (Birch)

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Fargo, Cass, ND, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Birch and Magdalena Towers Birch
Widow of Quentin N. Burdick, U.S. Senator

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About Jocelyn Burdick, U.S. Senator

Jocelyn Birch Burdick (born February 6, 1922) was a Democratic United States Senator briefly during 1992.

Upon the death of her husband, Senator Quentin N. Burdick, Governor George Sinner appointed her to fill the vacancy until a special election was held. She was not a candidate for election to the rest of the term, and retired to Fargo upon the election of Kent Conrad to the office.

She is to date the only woman to have served in either house of the U.S. Congress from North Dakota. She lives in Fargo where she continues to remain active in politics.


BURDICK, Jocelyn Birch, (wife of Quentin Northrup Burdick, daughter-in-law of Usher L. Burdick), a Senator from North Dakota; born in Fargo, N. Dak., February 6, 1922; graduated from Fargo Central High School, 1939; attended Principia College, Elsah, Ill., and graduated from Northwestern University in 1943; worked as a radio announcer in Moorhead, Minn.; while a member of the North Dakota Democratic Non-Partisan League, worked as a volunteer in the 1964, 1970, 1976, and 1982 Senate reelection campaigns of Quentin Northrup Burdick; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate on September 12, 1992, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Quentin Northrop Burdick; took the oath of office on September 16, 1992, and served until December 14, 1992, a successor having been chosen in a special election; not a candidate for reelection; is a resident of Fargo, N. Dak.

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February 6, 1922
Fargo, Cass, ND, USA