- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 8, 2005

Louise Gore, a Republican state lawmaker who became the party’s nominee for governor in 1974, died Oct. 6 after battling cancer, her niece said. She was 80.

Miss Gore represented Montgomery County in the Maryland State House from 1963 to 1967 and in the state Senate from 1967 to 1969, rising to Republican leader in that chamber. Four years later, she won the party’s nomination for governor but lost to incumbent Gov. Marvin Mandel, a Democrat.

Born in Leesburg, Va., in 1925, Miss Gore attended Georgetown University, where she studied foreign affairs, and later became active in the Republican Party. In the 1960s, she was a member of the Maryland State Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

Her niece, Deborah Gore Dean, said Miss Gore was living at a family home in the District when she died. Miss Gore was a second cousin to Albert Gore Sr., a senator from Tennessee and father of former Vice President Al Gore, Mrs. Dean said.

She will be remembered “as a true lady who started the effort for women to actually become politicians,” Mrs. Dean said.

“You and I can never imagine what that would be like,” Mrs. Dean said, “but she did it, and she did it in a very genteel and ladylike and ethical manner. She was very well-loved on both sides of the aisle.”

Mrs. Dean said Miss Gore always got along well with family members who were Democrats.

“They were all very close,” she said. “They were all in politics.”

Miss Gore never married and is survived by a brother, James, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday at Potomac United Methodist Church in Potomac, Md.

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