Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Born:September 30, 1960 (age 59)
Career:U.S. Senate, 1999-2011
U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-1997
Education:Randolph-Macon Women's College

Blanche Lambert Lincoln was a U.S. senator for Arkansas from 1999 to 2011. Lincoln became the first woman from Arkansas since Hattie Caraway in 1932 and the youngest woman to ever be elected to the United States Senate. She was the first woman and the first Arkansan to serve as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Lincoln was born September 30, 1960, in Helena, Arkansas. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1982. After college, Lincoln served as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative Bill Alexander, a Democrat, who represented the 1st Congressional District. Lincoln served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997, also representing the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas.

Lincoln played a key role in the passage of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act in 2008. This act provides more resources for nutrition, conservation, rural development and renewable energy.

Lincoln ran for reelection in 2010, but was defeated.

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