Patricia Schroeder

Born:July 30, 1940 (age 79)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-1997
Education:B.A.,University of Minnesota
J.D., Harvard University

Patricia "Pat" Schroeder represented Colorado in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, running without the support of the state Democratic Party or the Democratic National Committee. In Congress, she was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

Schroeder was born July 30, 1940, in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1961 with degrees in philosophy, history, and political science. Following, Schroeder completed her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1964.

Upon election to the House of Representatives, Schroeder was one of fourteen women present. Elected at age 32, Schroeder was also the second youngest woman elected to Congress at the time. She attempted to run for president for the 1988 election but dropped out before the primaries because she could not raise sufficient funding.

Following her time in Congress, Schroeder briefly taught at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers from 1997 to 2008. She also led a multi-year study for the Institute on Civil Society to identify and promote social programs to encourage social cohesion and restore a sense of community for Americans.

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