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Vel Phillips
Vel Phillips at March on Milwaukee - 2007.jpg
29th Secretary of State of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Governor Lee S. Dreyfus
Preceded by Douglas J. La Follette
Succeeded by Douglas J. La Follette
Personal details
Born
Velvalea Rodgers

(1923-02-18)February 18, 1923
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died April 17, 2018(2018-04-17) (aged 95)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Howard University
University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School

Velvalea Rodgers "Vel" Phillips (February 18, 1923 – April 17, 2018) was an American attorney and civil rights activist. She served as a local official and judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as Secretary of State of Wisconsin, the first woman and African-American elected to that state position, from 1979 to 1983.

Phillips died under hospice care in Milwaukee at age 95 on April 17, 2018.

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