Beverly Byron

Beverly Barton Butcher Byron (born July 27, 1932), is a former American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the U.S. Congresswoman representing the 6th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1993.

Beverly Byron
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1979  January 3, 1993
Preceded byGoodloe Byron
Succeeded byRoscoe Bartlett
Personal details
Born (1932-07-27) July 27, 1932
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Goodloe Byron
Alma materHood College


Byron was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. Byron earned a two-year degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and after graduation she became involved in several nonprofit groups and in fundraising for the Democratic Party. She was elected to Congress to replace her husband, Representative Goodloe Byron, who died on October 11, 1978. While in Congress she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, and the House Select Committee on Aging.[1] She was the first woman ever to fly aboard the SR-71 Blackbird of the USAF (checkout #429), on which she flew as a VIP in November 1985.

Like her husband, Byron was a conservative Democrat. She was defeated in the 1992 Democratic primary by a somewhat more liberal challenger, State Delegate Thomas Hattery. Hattery went on to lose to Republican Roscoe Bartlett in the general election. Bartlett had lost to Byron in the 1982 election.[2]


Beverly Byron is the daughter-in-law of William D. Byron and Katharine E. Byron, who both represented Maryland's 6th district in 1939–1941 and 1941–1943, respectively.

See also


  1. "BYRON, Beverly Barton Butcher - Biographical Information". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  2. "BYRON, Beverly Barton Butcher | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Goodloe Byron
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Roscoe Bartlett
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