Bertha M. Paxton
|Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives for Doña Ana County|
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Life and career
Bertha M. McAntire was born in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico. She attended Baird College in Missouri. After graduating, she married J.H. Paxton and settled in Las Cruces, where she was known as "a dynamic figure who was a forceful speaker and original thinker".
Bertha M. Paxton was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1922, becoming the first female state legislator. In the legislature, Paxton successfully passed a resolution for the observance of Mother's Day. Paxton also sponsored bills on vocational education, child welfare reform, and programs for agricultural cooperative marketing. She was appointed chair of the committee on enrolled bills.
Paxton was not re-elected.
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