During her five years in Congress, Gladys Noon Spellman was a voice for fiscal reform. Spellman studied at George Washington University and did graduate studies with the United States Department of Agriculture, then became a teacher in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 1962 she joined the county’s board of commissioners, serving as chair from 1966–1970. In 1972 she was elected the first woman president of the National Association of Counties. President Johnson appointed her to his Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in 1967. She was elected to Congress in 1975 and served on the Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing; the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; and the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. This last was vital to her district, which had the highest percentage of federal government employees in the country, forty percent. On October 31, 1980, she suffered a heart attack while campaigning for a fourth term and lapsed into a coma. Although she won the election by a landslide, she never awoke, and a special election was held for her seat in February, 1981. She died seven years later without regaining consciousness.
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