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Lindy Boggs, Former Congresswoman and Ambassador, Dies at 97

July 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
Lindy Boggs died over the weekend at the age of 97. During her lifetime she was a woman of firsts: The former congresswoman was the first female to be elected from Louisiana and the first woman to chair a Democratic convention. She was also a mother of three, including former NewsHour congressional correspondent Cokie Roberts.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Before we go, a word about a woman of firsts who died over the weekend.

Former congresswoman Lindy Boggs led an improbable life. Born Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne, she raised on Louisiana sugar and cotton plantations. She married a young lawyer who became a Democratic powerhouse in Washington.

The late Hale Boggs disappeared in an Alaska plane crash in 1972. A year after, she ran for his seat, became the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She also became an outspoken advocate for equal rights for women and African-Americans.

She was the first woman to chair a national Democratic Convention, served as ambassador to the Vatican, and was a mother to three, including NPR, ABC, and former “NewsHour” congressional correspondent Cokie Roberts.

Lindy Boggs was 97.