Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as the United States Attorney General, has died at age 78, in her home in Miami, Florida, of complications from Parkinson's Disease. She was also the longest-serving AG during the 20th century.
Janet Wood Reno was born in Miami to parents who were both newspaper reporters. She was valedictorian of her high school. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemistry, and earned her law degree at Harvard. She worked for two law firms in Miami, for the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, and for the Dade County State Attorney's Office. In 1978, she was appointed State Attorney for Dade County and later elected Florida State Attorney. In 1993, after President Clinton's first two nominees for Attorney General had both been found to have employed an illegal aliens as nannies for their respective children, he successfully nominated Reno, who served throughout the rest of his presidency. In 2002, she ran for Governor of Florida, but lost in the Democratic primary.
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