|Preceded by Jerry Pettis|
Name Shirley Pettis
Succeeded by Jerry Lewis
Role U.S. representative
|Political party Republican|
Spouse Jerry Pettis
Religion Seventh-day Adventist
Party Republican Party
|Born July 12, 1924 (age 91)
Mountain View, California (1924-07-12) |
Alma mater Andrews University UC Berkeley
Residence Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Education University of California, Berkeley, Andrews University
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 University 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.
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.