|Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee|
|Louisiana State Senator from District 38 (Caddo and DeSoto parishes)|
|Preceded by||Cecil K. Carter, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Richard G. Neeson|
July 12, 1923 |
Houston, Texas, USA
|Political party||Democratic Party / later Republican|
|Spouse(s)||(1) John Guy
(2) William Peyton Shehee, Jr. (died 2004)
|Children||From first marriage:
Ann Shane Shehee
|Alma mater||Stephens College
|Occupation||Insurance and funeral home businesswoman|
Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee (born July 12, 1923) is a civic leader in Shreveport, Louisiana, who served from 1976 to 1980 as the state senator from District 38 in Caddo and DeSoto parishes. Shehee won her seat in the 1975 general election by twenty-three votes over incumbent fellow Democrat, the late Cecil K. Carter, Jr. She was defeated in 1979 by Democrat, Richard G. Neeson, who retained the seat until 1992.
Sheehee is the first woman elected to the Louisiana Senate without succeeding a husband. In May 1936, Doris Lindsey Holland Rhodes of Greensburg in St. Helena Parish in southeastern Louisiana, was appointed to the state Senate upon the death of her husband, Thomas Myers Holland. Thereafter, Doris Holland then won a special election for the seat. In 1940, she switched to the Louisiana House of Representatives and remained in that position until 1948.
Upon the death of her mother, Nellie Peters (1901–1971), Shehee became president and CEO of Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and the family-owned Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, founded in 1936 by her father, Lonnie Benjamin Kilpatrick, a personal friend of Governor Jimmie Davis, who often visited in the Kirkpatrick home and took a special interest in Virginia. In later years, Shehee was heavily involved in the Davis birthday celebrations, which culminated with the last one in 2000, when he turned 101.
Shehee was a partner with the pediatricians, Dr. Thomas E. Strain, Sr., and his son, Dr. Jimmy Strain, a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1968 to 1972, in the development of the Fountain Towers on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport.
Shehee is chair-emeritus of the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, which was renamed in her honor in 1996. She was a member of the American Council of Life Insurance and chair of the Louisiana Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association.
"First Woman" designations
- Shreveport Community Council "Special Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Service"
- Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award for Community Service
- Designated "Mr. Shreveport" by the Optimist Club
- "Business Leader of the Year" by Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
- Louisiana's first elected female state senator, who did not follow a husband. Shehee served during the second administration of Governor Edwin Washington Edwards. She served on the transition team of Governors Buddy Roemer and Mike Foster. In 2007, she was named vice chair of Governor Bobby Jindal's ethics team.
Service and philanthropy
Shee served on the Louisiana Committee of 100 (for economic development), Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal, and the Louisiana Board of Regents Foundation. She graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and the United Methodist]-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport, of which she has served as a trustee. She is a former chair of the orchestra board of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and worked to restore the historic Strand Theatre and other downtown renewal projects.
- 1989: "Benemerenti Medal" for outstanding community service 
- Humanitarian Award from the Arthritis Foundation
- Liberty Bell Award from the Shreveport Bar Association
- Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews
- 1994: Shreveport Medical Society "Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Medicine in Shreveport" for support for the biomedical institute.
- 1994: Louisiana Center for Women and Government Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University 
- 1994: Junior Achievement's North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame 
- Alumni halls of fame of Centenary College and Byrd High School.
- 2002: Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations
- 2004: Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame
- 2009: Louisiana 4-H Club Hall of Fame.
From her first marriage to John Guy, she had three children: Ann Shane Shehee, Andrew Michael Shehee, and Nell Elizabeth Shehee Kramer. She is the widow of William Peyton Shehee, Jr. (1919–2004), with whom she had a daughter, Margaret Scott Shehee Cole.
Shehee's sister, Ann Kilpatrick Peters (1937–2011) was co-owner and a director of both Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Rose-Neath Funeral Homes.
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Cecil K. Carter, Jr.
|Louisiana State Senator from District 38 (Caddo and DeSoto parishes)
Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee
Richard G. Neeson