Mae Street Kidd (1909 - 1999) - Mrs. Kidd served the 41st legislative
district in the Kentucky House of Representatives from (1968 – 1984). She is
probably best known for sponsoring legislation which provided open and
low-income housing in Kentucky. One of these, officially named the
“Representative Mae Kidd Street Housing Bill”, created the Kentucky Housing
Corporation in 1972. This same piece of legislation had been shepherded through
the legislature by Representative Kidd in 1970, but was vetoed by the state’s
governor. Representative Kidd also sponsored legislation to name Martin Luther
King’s birthday a state holiday. She organized the first Louisville Urban League
Guild in 1948 and was past president of the Lincoln Foundation. Among her many
honors and awards are the King/Kennedy Award for dedication, diplomacy and
legislative skill, the NAACP Unsung Heroine Award and Louisville Mayor’s
Citation for Outstanding Community Service.
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