Nikki McNamee, legislative aide and trade association official, dies at 67

August 25, 2013

Nikki McNamee, a former Capitol Hill legislative assistant who retired as senior vice president for public policy at the American Council of Life Insurers, died Aug. 16 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 67.

The cause was cancer, said her son, Win McNamee.

Mrs. McNamee worked from 1970 to 1987 as a legislative and administrative assistant to members of Congress including Frank J. Horton (R-N.Y.), John N. “Happy” Camp (R-Okla.), James R. Mann (D-S.C.) and Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (R-S.C.).

She later worked for Campbell when he became South Carolina governor, leading his Washington office and representing him at the National Governors Association. She was a longtime Arlington resident and moved to South Carolina in 2002, shortly after her retirement from the American Council of Life Insurers.

Nikki Diane Johnson was born in Alexandria and graduated in 1964 from the old Groveton High School. Her honors included the Order of the Palmetto, a South Carolina civic award, her son said.

Her first marriage, to Edward McNeice, ended in divorce. Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Wally McNamee of Hilton Head, a former Washington Post photographer; three children, Julia McNamee of Trumbull, Conn., Kimberly McNamee Mack of Falls Church and Win McNamee of Arlington; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

— Emily Langer