US Congresswoman. A member of the Democratic Party, she served Indiana's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives from 1982 to 1985. One of twelve siblings, she received a degree from Mississippi Valley State University and attained her Masters in Education from Indiana University in 1968. She moved onto a career as a History teacher in Gary, Indiana and became interested in politics as a campaigner for the city's mayoral race. She was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives (1974 to 1976) and served in their state senate from 1976 until 1982. Hall won a special election to fill the vacancy left following the death of Representative Adam Benjamin, thus becoming the first African American woman from the state of Indiana to serve in the United States Congress. During her tenure, she spearheaded efforts to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday. She served as chairwoman of the Post Office and Civil Service's subcommittee on Census and Population. After leaving Washington, she served as City Clerk of Gary, Indiana but was forced to resign in 2003 after pleading guilty to charges of federal mail fraud.
Bio by: C.S.