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Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole—(1936)—She served as Deputy Assistant for Consumer Affairs from 1969-1973. After spending six years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (from 1973-1979) she served as Assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison from 1981 to 1983. She served as U. S. Secretary of Transportation from 1983 to 1987 and as Secretary of Labor from 1989 to 1990.  From 1990 to 2000 she was President of the American Red Cross. After her unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, she was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2002. She was the first woman to serve as departmental head of a branch of the military, the U. S. Coast Guard, during her years as Secretary of Transportation. (Featured on the AFGW special collections website) Reconnaissance in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (Featured on the AFGW special collections website)