Listee Features — Politics

Patricia Madson


Attributing her success to her desire to work, Patricia A. Madson embarked on her career immediately following her graduate from high school. Joining a Public Office starting in California, she worked with the Kedena Air Base Library in Okinawa, Japan, and the Air Force administration at Kedena Air Force Base through Voice of America Okinawa. She then returned to the United States and took a position with Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Following these positions, she found herself desiring a change of career and she was encourage by her then boss’ assistant to seek a job in Capitol Hill. She achieved her first position for then Rep. Paul Findley, and rose to become a journal clerk for the U.S.

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Skilled in writing thanks to her parents, who were both writers, Carol Gene Dawson was also exposed to politics at an early age, which caught her fascination. In 1959, after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, she began her career as a staff assistant to Sen. Kenneth B. Keating in Washington, D.C. That same year, she was also involved with Americans for Constitutional Action as an executive assistant and the Youth for Nixon Lodge as an executive secretary. Becoming a legislative assistant to Rep. Donald C. Bruce in 1961, she later served as the deputy director for public information for the Goldwater for President Campaign and the Republican National Committee from 1963 to 1964.

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Gayle Michael


Earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Temple University in 1960, Gayle Granatir Michael, MA, BS, became certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and embarked on her career as a teacher because she felt she had something she could give back to the kids of her community. She first served as a teacher and basketball and debate coach in the Media Borough School District in Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1963, before working in the same capacity at Woodrow Wilson High School in New Jersey from 1963 to 1966. Briefly spending time as a production manager with an advertising agency during her graduate studies at Saint Joseph’s University, she obtained a Master of Arts in 1967 and

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Christina Jeffrey


Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a writer or a teacher, Christina Fawcett Jeffrey began her studies at Vassar College in 1965. She then joined Plano University as a Richard M. Weaver fellow through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. Realizing that she could combine her interests by becoming a college professor, she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she was a National Defense Education Act fellow from 1969 to 1972 and a graduate teaching assistant from 1970 to 1973, and earned a Master of Arts in 1973. Dr. Jeffrey remained at the University of Alabama for her doctoral studies and became certified as a water

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With more than 50 years of professional experience, the Hon. Diane E. Watson worked as a member of the U.S. Congress for the 33rd District of California from 2003 to 2011, having previously represented the 32nd District from 2001 to 2003. Prior to these positions, she served as the U.S. ambassador to Micronesia for the U.S. Department of State from 1998 to 2001. She previously excelled with the California State Senate as a member of District 26 from 1994 to 1998, a member of District 28 from 1982 to 1990 and a member of District 30 from 1978 to 1982. Earlier in her career, Dr. Watson held the positions of a teacher, an administrator and a school psychologist with the

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Judith-Rae Ross


Having accrued more than 40 years of expertise in the field of historiography, the Hon. Judith-Rae Ross, PhD, has garnered a laudable reputation as a historian, educator and writer. She attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and was proud to have succeeded as a woman in academia during a time when cultural expectations for women were limited. Dr. Ross earned a Master of Arts at Loyola University in 1971 and completed a PhD in history at the University of Illinois in 1978. From 1979 until 1980, Dr. Ross served as an instructor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She continued her career as a visiting professor at the University of

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Dorothy Ebert


An expert on the elections process, Dorothy E. Ebert began her professional career as a receptionist/secretary at Household Financial Corporation in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in 1958, remaining in this role for nine years before becoming the deputy county clerk for Dodge County in Juneau, Wisconsin, from 1967 to 1982. Moving up the ranks to county clerk from 1983 until her retirement in 2003, she had an opposition the first time she ran, but none after that. She was required to run every two years for election as county clerk. Ms. Ebert also served on the board of directors for the Dodge County chapter of the American Cancer Society. In preparation for her career, Ms. Ebert graduated with a diploma from

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A second-generation Irish immigrant, the family of Judith E. Day, PhD, valued education, which prompted her to pursue a career in education as a teacher. It is her belief that education is the most important thing in the world. She had encouragement not only from her mother, but from her kindergarten teacher who would take the time and sit with her one-on-one reading so she could always be ahead. Her second-grade teacher also helped her know the importance of education. Dr. Day began her career as a special education teacher in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1978, remaining in this position for a decade before teaching reading and working in student support services at the University of New Hampshire. Years later,

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Lauren Book


A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Sen. Lauren Book recalls that she had trouble finding a coping method after revealing the abuse to her family. She would go to school and come home to cry. Eventually, her mother revealed to her that she too had been sexually assaulted. She said that these were “regular occurrences” for women, and that they simply had to get over their trauma and live their lives. From that moment on, Sen. Book decided she would do everything in her power to be stronger. She now challenges herself every day to help young survivors. She learned that working through legislature and shaping the laws that protect those who are vulnerable can be an effective way to

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