Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Louisiana Democrat known for pushing
to increase funding for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina
now leads a subcommittee on disaster recovery and is a member
of the Appropriations Committee. At 23, she was elected to the
state legislature and in 1996 became the first woman elected to
represent Louisiana for a full term in the U.S. Senate. She was
re-elected in 2002.