Janet Reno, America’s first female attorney general, died Monday of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was 78.
Reno was the second-longest-serving attorney general in United States history.
After law school, Reno worked for four years as an associate at Brigham & Brigham, before becoming partner at Lewis & Reno, where she stayed for four years. In 1971, Reno decided to work with the Florida House of Representatives as a staff director.
After a brief return to the private sector, she was appointed as Florida’s State Attorney in Miami, becoming the first woman to ever hold that position. Reno stayed in the job for about 15 years until [former president Bill Clinton] tapped her to become the 78th US attorney general.
Reno’s accomplishments as attorney general include leading the Justice Department’s antitrust case against Microsoft and overseeing the convictions of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and the “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski.
However, she was no stranger to controversy and criticism.