Katie Beatrice Hall was an American educator in Gary, a politician who served as a U. S. Representative from Indiana from 1982 to 1985; when Hall was sworn into federal office on November 2, 1982, she became the first black woman from Indiana elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. Hall represented Indiana's 1st Congressional District in the final months the 97th Congress and an entire two-year term in the 98th Congress from 1983 to 1985, she is best known for sponsoring legislation and leading efforts on the floor of the U. S. House in 1983 to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday after previous efforts had failed. H. R. 3706 to establish the third Monday in January as a federal holiday in King's honor was introduced in July 1983 and passed in the House on August 2, 1983. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983. Prior to her election to the U. S. House, Hall served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1974 to 1976 and as a member of the Indiana Senate from 1976 to 1982.
She was a delegate to the Democratic Mini Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1978. Hall was defeated in her bid for reelection to the U. S. Congress in the Democratic primary May 1984, narrowly losing to Peter Visclosky by 2,367 votes, she lost two subsequent efforts against Visclosky in 1986 and 1990 to recapture Indiana's 1st District seat in the U. S. House. After serving in Congress, Hall was vice chairperson of the Gary Housing Board of Commissioners. In 1985 she became the city clerk of Gary. Hall was subsequently sentenced to house probation, she retired from teaching in the Gary public schools in 2004. Katie Beatrice Green was born on April 3, 1938, to Jeff and Bessie Mae Green at Mound Bayou in Bolivar County, Mississippi, she attended the public schools of Mound Bayou and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi, in 1960 and a Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1968. Katie Green married John Henry Hall on August 15, 1957.
They were the parents of three daughters: Jacqueline Hall, Junifer Hall, Michelle Hall. After completing her education and her husband, moved to Gary, where she became a social studies teacher in the city's public schools, her involvement in local politics began in 1962 when she worked on Richard Hatcher's successful campaign to become mayor of Gary. Hall's campaign for city councilwoman in 1972 ended in defeat, but two years she sought a seat in the Indiana General Assembly and won. Hall served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1974 to 1976 and as a member of the Indiana Senate from 1976 to 1982. During this period she was a delegate to the Democratic Mini Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1978. Following the sudden death of U. S. Congressman Adam Benjamin, Jr. in September 1982, Gary mayor Richard Hatcher, serving as the head of the 1st District's Democratic committee, selected Hall as the Democratic candidate in a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Benjamin's term in the 97th Congress, as well as a Benjamin's replacement on the ballot in the November election for a full two-year term in the 98th Congress.
Hall's selection as the Democratic nominee over more experienced candidates assured her of a win in this Democratic northwest Indiana district. Hall was elected to Indiana's 1st District seat in the 97th and 98th Congresses, defeating Thomas Krieger, the Republican candidate, with 63 percent of the votes in her bid for a seat in the 97th Congress and 58 percent of the votes for the seat in the 98th Congress. Hall was sworn into office on November 2, 1982, becoming the first black woman from Indiana elected to the U. S. House of Representatives, she served in the final months of the 97th Congress and an entire two-year term in the 98th Congress (1983–85. Hall was a member of the House Committee of Post Office and Civil Service and chaired its Subcommittee on Census and Population, she served on the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation. As a freshman congresswoman in 1983, Hall sponsored legislation and led the Capitol Hill drive to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.
Previous efforts to secure a national holiday in King's honor had been delayed in the U. S. House for more than fourteen years. Hall sponsored H. R. 3706, which set the King holiday on the third Monday in January, led efforts on the House floor to secure its passage. Introduced in July 1983, it passed in the House on August 2, 1983, with a favorable vote of 338 to 90; the U. S. Senate voted in favor of the measure with a vote of 78 to 22. On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law in ceremonies held in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, D. C. In other legislation, Hall supported measures to reduce unemployment in her district, as well as efforts to reduce crime, substance abuse, family bankruptcy; as a member House's Steel Caucus, she endorsed Fair Trade in Steel Act, "intended to revitalize Gary’s ailing steel industry." Her voting record, which supported the Democratic majority, oppose
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