A strong woman gone

The California legislature adjourned to honor the memory of Juanita Millender-McDonald, who served in the Assembly before being elected to 7 terms as a Member of Congress. She was a public servant who accomplished many things in her long service. One of her most public appearances was to respond to President Bush’s State of the Union and radio addresses. She was the first African-American woman to give this national response for the Democrats. Most of her work in Congress was done quietly. Her colleagues respected her as someone who could work with both Democrats and Republicans to accomplish tasks that needed to be done. It is a pleasure to read some of the tributes paid to this strong, hard-working public legislator. She will be sadly missed by the public as well as her many friends and colleagues.

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