Madeleine Kunin

Born:September 28, 1933 (age 90)
Career:U.S. ambassador ambassador to Liechtenstein, 1997-1999
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 served as governor of Vermont from 1985-1991, the first and only woman to have served as governor of Vermont and the first Jewish governor of Vermont.

Kunin was born on September 28, 1933, in Zurich, Switzerland, and moved to the United States as a child in 1940. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science from the Columbia School of Journalism. Before seeking elective office, she worked as a journalist and 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, as ambassador to her native Switzerland from 1996-1999, and as ambassador to Liechtenstein from 1997-1999.

Since leaving elective office, Kunin has been a distinguished visiting professor at both the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College.


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