Elizabeth Furse

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Elizabeth Furse
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byLes AuCoin
Succeeded byDavid Wu
Personal details
Born(1936-10-13)October 13, 1936
Nairobi, Kenya Colony (present-day Nairobi, Kenya)
DiedApril 18, 2021(2021-04-18) (aged 84)
Political partyDemocratic

Elizabeth Furse (October 13, 1936 – April 18, 2021) was a Kenya Colony-born American businesswoman and politician. She was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999, representing Oregon's 1st congressional district. She was a Democrat. She was the first naturalized U.S. citizen born in Africa to win election to the United States Congress.[1]

Furse died on April 18, 2021, at age 84, at her farm near Hillsboro, Oregon from problems caused by a fall.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Institute for Tribal Government Biography from the Portland State University website Archived December 12, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Hammond, Betsy (April 19, 2021). "Former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse has died". oregonlive.