A panel of women in politics share how they are challenging the Washington status quo. The panel features The Honorable Mary Bono, Former Member of Congress (R-CA) and Senior Vice-President, FaegreBD Consulting, The Honorable Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Alex Smith, National Chair, Republican National Committee, and The Honorable Linda D. Thompson, Mayor, City of Harrisburg, PA. Kristin Roberts, News Editor, National Journal, moderates the discussion.
Representative Bono is senior vice president of FaegreBD Consulting. As senior vice president, Representative Bono oversees FaegreBD’s government advocacy and consulting practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting the information technology, entertainment and media industries. Prior to joining FaegreBD, Representative Bono was the Republican representative for California’s 45th congressional district from 1998-2013. During her 15-year congressional career, Representative Bono served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Small Business Committee. She also served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, chaired the Women’s Policy Committee, and co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. Representative Bono received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is a current U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district. Representative Duckworth previously served as assistant secretary of veterans affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2011 and as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from 2006 to 2009. Representative Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, suffered severe combat wounds during the Iraq War, and was awarded a Purple Heart for her injuries. Representative Duckworth received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii and Master of Arts degree in international affairs from George Washington University. Representative Duckworth has resumed her Ph.D. studies in political science at Northern Illinois University is also working toward a Ph.D. in health and human services at Capella University.
Kristin Roberts is news editor for National Journal. In this role, she leads a team of managing editors and guides National Journal’s coverage of the biggest stories. Before joining National Journal in November 2011, Ms. Roberts was news editor and deputy bureau chief for Reuters’ Washington bureau. She spent 11 years at Reuters, with positions in New York, Miami, and Washington. Ms. Roberts covered Wall Street while in New York and then led Reuters' coverage of housing and banking policy and regulation from Washington. In 2006, she shifted to Pentagon coverage, reporting on war policy and traveling with Defense Secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Ms. Roberts received her Bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, Master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University and Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Alex Smith is the current national chair of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). Ms. Smith is the first female national chair of the CRNC and served as chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans prior to her election in 2012. Before her D.C. chairmanship, she also served her home chapter as a freshman representative, executive director and chairman. Ms. Smith has held numerous media and lobbying internships, interned on the Hill and with the Republican Party, and worked for Congressman Lou Barletta’s (R-PA) campaign in the summer of 2010. Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in politics and currently attends Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey.
Linda D. Thompson
Linda D. Thompson was sworn in as Harrisburg’s 33rd mayor on January 4, 2010. She took office as the Capital City’s first African American and female Mayor and immediately began to address the city’s pressing financial problems. She recognized early the need for state intervention and applied for and received distressed city status under the existing Act 47 Recovery Plan. Prior to her election as mayor, Mayor Thompson had served on Harrisburg’s City Council since 2004 and as president since November 2008. She served as Council Vice President from 2004 to 2006 when she also chaired the Council’s Economic Development committee where she dedicated herself to developing areas of alternative means to economic development, securing decent affordable housing for low to moderate income citizens, and implementing programs geared toward workforce and youth development. Mayor Thompson has served on numerous boards and commissions, including The South Central Workforce Investment Board, Harrisburg Human Relations Commission, Harrisburg Rotary Service Club, Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Epsilon Sigma Omega. Mayor Thompson has been honored with numerous awards. In 2004 the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity named her “Citizen of the Year” for her outstanding public service.