Helen Holt was appointed WV Secretary of State in 1957 by Governor Cecil Underwood. Holt served until 1959. She was the first woman to hold statewide office. Her husband, the late Senator Rush Holt Sr. (D-WV, 1935-41), is still the youngest person ever elected to the US Senate. Holt Sr. died of cancer in 1955. Holt's son, Rush Holt Jr., is now a Congressman from New Jersey.