Barbara B Kennelly

Born:July 10, 1936 (age 87)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 1982-1999
Secretary of state of Connecticut, 1979–1982
Hartford Court of Common Council, 1975-1979
Education:B.A., Trinity College
Certificate in business administration, Harvard Business School
M.A., Trinity College

Barbara B. Kennelly represented Connecticut's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives from 1982 to 1999. Kennelly was the first woman to serve on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the first woman to be appointed as chief deputy majority whip.

Kennelly was born July 10, 1936, in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1958. In 1959, she received a certificate in business administration from Harvard Business School; and, in 1971, she completed her Master of Arts in government from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Kennelly served on the Hartford Court of Common Council from 1975 to 1979, and as the secretary of state of Connecticut from 1979 to 1982. While in Congress, Kennelly served on the Ways and Means Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Following her time in Congress, Kennelly was appointed as the associate commissioner and counselor of the Social Security Administration, overseeing the office of retirement policy. She was also named the CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

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