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Carla Anderson Hills

Carla Anderson Hills—(1934)—She was appointed Assistant U. S. Attorney General in 1973 by Elliot L. Richardson. He resigned a short time later and the offer of the position was renewed in 1974 by his successor, William B. Saxbe. In 1975 President Gerald Ford appointed her Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was the third woman in U. S. history to hold a cabinet-level position.  In 1989, she was appointed U. S. Trade Representative by President George H. W. Bush. She served as the primary U. S. negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994. (Featured on the AFGW special collections website)