Virginia Elizabeth Duff

Virginia Elizabeth Duff

Full Name: Virginia Elizabeth Duff
Date of birth: August 26, 1920
Date of death: January 12, 2012

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 52 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis
H 52 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis
H 52 Jan 8, 1957 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis
H 52 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 8, 1957 54th   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis
H 52 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 11, 1955 53rd   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis
H 100-1 Jan 9, 1951 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd   Democrat Ferris / Ellis   Ellis

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

  • Photo and biographical sketch, pp. 125-129. First woman to succeed a woman from the same district (Rae Files Still) in the Texas House. Relatives: Hans Smith - grandfather, Virginia Duff - granddaughter; Bowd Farrar - uncle, Virginia Duff - niece. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Duff, Virginia Elizabeth. Texas State Cemetery.

Other Resources

  • "Remembering a Texas Trailblazer" lists some of Virginia Duff's major legislative initiatives, including bills requiring vehicles to stop while school buses load or unload, and creating the State School for Children in Denton. Mentions Duff's great uncle, Bowd Farrar. Dallas Morning News.
  • Notice of death, 1/13/2012. Speaker of the House.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

57th R.S. - 1961
Common Carriers  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Public Lands and Buildings  
Special Districts  
56th R.S. - 1959
Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments and Agencies  
Claims and Accounts  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Local Water Districts (Chair) 
Municipal and Private Corporations  
State Hospitals and Special Schools  
55th R.S. - 1957
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Interstate Cooperation  
Public Health  
Public Lands and Buildings  
State Hospitals and Special Schools (Vice Chair) 
54th R.S. - 1955
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Enrolled Bills  
Penitentiaries (Chair) 
Segregation in Public Schools, Advisory  
State Affairs  
State Hospitals and Special Schools  
Veterans' Land Program, Investigation, Special  
53rd R.S. - 1953
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
Public Health  
State Hospitals and Special Schools (Chair) 
52nd R.S. - 1951
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Local and Uncontested Bills  
State Hospitals and Special Schools  

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