FORA.tv Speaker - Blanche Lincoln
Blanche Lambert Lincoln is the Democratic senior United States Senator from the State of Arkansas. She was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Senate when she was elected in 1998 at the age of 38; as of 2007, she is also the youngest Senior Senator in the Senate. She is also the first woman elected to the Senate from Arkansas in her own right.
Immediately after graduating she took a job as staff assistant to 1st District Congressman Bill Alexander and served in his office until 1984. Lambert defeated her former boss in the Democratic primary of 1992 and took his seat in the House. She was reelected to a second term under her married name, Blanche Lincoln, and served in the House of Representatives until 1997.
In 1998, Lincoln returned to politics and ran for the Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Dale Bumpers. She defeated her Republican opponent, Fay Boozman, by a margin of 55%-42%.
Lincoln serves on the Senate Finance Committee; Special Committee on Aging; Select Committee on Ethics; Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; Senate Social Security Task Force; Rural Health Caucus; Senate New Democrat Coalition. Lincoln has concentrated primarily on issues involving farmers, and rural issues. She is one of the primary advocates of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), which is designed to spur development in the lower Mississippi Delta region. She is also the Chair of Rural Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus.
09.19.06 | 01:00:26 min
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