Agnes Kehoe

Agnes Kehoe
Agnes Kehoe (Mrs. Thomas E.) (Democrat) represented [the 3rd] district of Spokane County in the House of Representatives. First elected in 1938, she served four terms.

Born 1874, in Iowa, Kehoe lived in Hillyard and Spokane. She and her husband, Thomas, operated a hardware store in Hillyard, where he was once mayor. Kehoe was also a welfare worker whose fund raising was so successful she was known as "a one woman social service bureau."

Kehoe was asked by both Democrats and Republicans to run for the Legislature, but her husband objected and said he wouldn't vote for her. After Kehoe won the election he gave in and gave her his full support.

In the Legislature, Representative Kehoe continued her efforts to help the needy, and sponsored legislation that appropriated money for social services throughout Washington. In 1939, a newspaper commentary acknowledged her to be " ... not merely a legislator, but a one woman institution."

--Political Pioneers, The Women Lawmakers