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History of Widows Appointed to Congress

Host Bob Edwards talks with Karen O'Connor, political science professor and director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, about widows appointed to Congress in place of their deceased husbands. Jean Carnahan said she would represent Missouri in the US Senate, if her late husband, Mel Carnahan, gets the most votes on Tuesday, and the acting governor appoints her. 44 widows have served in the House and Senate since the 1920s.

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