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Texas sent its first woman to Congress in 1966. Why has she been largely forgotten?

The late U.S. Rep. Lera Thomas can't be found in the Texas State History Museum. And she's missing from most Texas history textbooks. Her tenure was short — but not without action.

Lera Millard Thomas, first woman elected to U.S. Congress from Texas. Her husband, Albert Thomas, whom she replaced in a special election after his death, is pictured bottom right.

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