Madeleine Kunin

Born:September 28, 1933 (age 86)
Career:U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, 1996-1999
U.S. deputy secretary of education, 1993-1996
Governor of Vermont, 1985-1991
Lieutenant governor of Vermont, 1979-1983
Vermont General Assembly, 1973-1979
Education:B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., Columbia University
M.A., University of Vermont

Madeleine Kunin is the first and only woman to have served as governor of Vermont and is the nation's only three-term woman governor, holding office from 1985-1991. Kunin is also the first female Jewish governor of any state.

Kunin was born September 28, 1933, in Zurich, Switzerland, and moved to the United States as a child. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and master's degrees in journalism from Columbia University and English literature from the University of Vermont. Before seeking elective office, she worked as a journalist for The Burlington Free Press, as a tour guide at the World's Fair, and as a college professor.

Prior to serving as governor, Kunin was lieutenant governor of Vermont from 1979-1983 and a member of the general assembly from 1973-1979. She also served as U.S. deputy secretary of education from 1993-1996 and as ambassador to her native Switzerland from 1996-1999. Since 2003, she has taught at the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College as a distinguished visiting professor.

Kunin is the author of three books—"Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead," "Living a Political Life," and "The Big Green Book"— as well as numerous articles and columns for national newspapers and magazines. She has received numerous awards for her work on the environment, education and human services.

Kunin's brother, Edgar May, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a member of both the Vermont House of Representatives and Vermont State Senate.