BURDICK, Jocelyn Birch (1922-2019)

BURDICK, JOCELYN BIRCH, (wife of Quentin Northrup Burdick, daughter-in-law of Usher Lloyd Burdick), (Wife of Quentin Northrup Burdick, daughter-in-law of Usher L. Burdick), a Senator from North Dakota; born in Fargo, N. Dak., February 6, 1922; graduated from Fargo Central High School, 1939; attended Principia College, Elsah, Ill., and graduated from Northwestern University in 1943; worked as a radio announcer in Moorhead, Minn.; while a member of the North Dakota Democratic Non-Partisan League, worked as a volunteer in the 1964, 1970, 1976, and 1982 Senate reelection campaigns of Quentin Northrup Burdick; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate on September 12, 1992, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Quentin Northrop Burdick; took the oath of office on September 16, 1992, and served from September 12, 1992, to December 14, 1992, a successor having been chosen in a special election; not a candidate for reelection; died on December 26, 2019, in Fargo, N. Dak.

University of North Dakota
Chester Fritz Library
Grand Forks, ND
Papers: Part of Quentin Burdick papers, 1958-1992.

  • "Jocelyn Birch Burdick," in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.
  • Rylance, Dan. Quentin Burdick: The Gentle Warrior. Fargo: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2007.