Monday, 1 September 2008

Lindy Boggs

Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne (Lindy) Boggs - US Ambassador to the Vatican; US Congressman, Louisiana; Smithsonian Institution Regent; Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors; Council of American Ambassadors

Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, usually known as 'Lindy Boggs (born March 13, 1916) is a United States political figure who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as ambassador to the Vatican. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana.

She was the wife of House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, in addition to being the mother of Cokie Roberts (a television news commentator), Tommy Boggs, (a prominent lobbyist), and the late Barbara Boggs Sigmund, a mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, and a candidate in the 1982 New Jersey Democratic senatorial primary election.

Lindy Boggs was born in Brunswick Plantation near New Roads, Louisiana. She attended Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans. She was a second cousin of the late New Orleans Mayor and Ambassador to the Organization of American States, deLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison, Sr.

She first took office after the presumed death of her husband from a plane crash. The first bill that the House passed in 1973, House Resolution 1, officially recognized Hale Boggs's death, opening the door for a special election, which she won, running as a Democrat in the New Orleans-based 2nd District. She was elected to a full term in 1974 with 82% of the vote and was reelected seven times thereafter. She only dropped below 80% of the vote once, in 1980. In her last four campaigns, she faced no opposition at all, which was especially remarkable considering that the 2nd had been redrawn as a black-majority district after the 1980 United States Census.

In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed her official U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, a position she held until 2001.

In 2005, Boggs' home on Bourbon Street in New Orleans suffered moderate damage from Hurricane Katrina, but was left standing.

In 2006, Boggs was awarded the Congressional Distinguished Service Award.

In 1994, Mrs. Boggs was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, a year after her late husband had been among the original inductees. The Boggses were the first husband-wife team inducted but not in the same year. On January 27, 2007, the first husband-wife combination was jointly inducted, Charles and Virginia de Gravelles of Lafayette, who served as a Republican state chairman and the Louisiana Republican national committeewoman, respectively.
Loyola selects Lindy Boggs Integritas Vitae Award recipient

The Hon. Corinne "Lindy" Claiborne Boggs, former Ambassador of the United States of America to the Holy See and U.S. Congresswoman, is this year's recipient of the Integritas Vitae Award. Loyola bestows the Integritas Vitae Award, the university's highest honor, to an individual who possesses a high moral character in a lifetime of unselfish service without expectation of material reward or public recognition. Recipients of this award have demonstrated courage of convictions and adherence to the principles of honesty, integrity, justice and preservation of human dignity throughout their lifetime. Ambassador Boggs will receive the award at the Benefactors Dinner scheduled for Thursday, November 14.

Throughout her professional career, Boggs has lived a life guided by the principles of the Jesuit tradition. She was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University. The first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, she served nine terms before retiring in 1990. She succeeded her husband, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, by special election in March 1973, after the plane carrying him disappeared over Alaska in October 1972.

As a member of Congress, Boggs served on the Appropriations Committee. She was also on the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families where she chaired the Crisis Intervention Task Force. She spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access and government service pay equity for women. She has a special interest in scientific research and technology development, and housing issues. The Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology was dedicated in 1988 at Tulane University.

In 1976, Boggs was the first woman to chair the National Democratic Convention. She was also the first woman to serve as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution. She presided over the Bicentennial of the American Constitution in 1987 and chaired the commission commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Congress.

Boggs has long been associated with Loyola and has supported the university's mission. In 1999, the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy was dedicated at Loyola. The mission of the center is to enrich the lives of persons on public assistance by helping them achieve their full potential through literacy and contribute to a work force that will ensure a strong national economy. In April 2002, Boggs was the focal point of the inaugural program for the Center for the Study of Catholics in the South. The program, "A Southern Catholic Woman: Life in Politics and International Affairs," featured Boggs in an interview-style program with WWL-TV's Angela Hill in which Boggs recounted her life in politics and international affairs.

Boggs is a member of the Military and Hospitalier Order of St. Lazarus and the Order of Malta, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the Constantinian Order of St. George, the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Foundation of the National Archives, the Stennis Center, and many other distinguished organizations.

The former ambassador's honors include the first American Veterans Auxiliary National Humanitarian Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Award, the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Service Award, the first annual International Women's Forum Award and the Louisiana Library Association's Literary Award for her book, Washington Through a Purple Veil.

She holds honorary degrees from 33 institutions, including Tulane, Loyola University New Orleans, Trinity College (District of Columbia), St. Mary of the Woods College (Indiana), St. Thomas University (Texas), St. Thomas Aquinas College (New York), Notre Dame University (Indiana), Georgetown Law Center (District of Columbia) and Xavier University of Louisiana. (Proof Positive)
Lindy Boggs AKA Corinne Morrison Claiborne

Born: 13-Mar-1916
Birthplace: Pointe Coupee Parish, LA

Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: Politician, Diplomat
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congresswoman from Louisiana, 1973-91

Husband: Hale Boggs (d. 1972)
Daughter: Barbara Boggs Sigmund
Daughter: Cokie Roberts
Son: Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr.

High School: St. Joseph’s Academy, New Roads, LA (1931)
University: BA, Tulane University (1935)

US Ambassador to the Vatican (1997-2001)
US Congressman, Louisiana 2nd (1973-91)
Smithsonian Institution Regent
Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
Council of American Ambassadors
Knights of Malta
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Author of books:
Washington Through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman (1995, memoir)
Boggs, Marie Corinne (Lindy) (D-LA) SMOM • U.S. House of Representatives (1973-91)
• Ambassador to the Vatican (1997-2001)
• mother of Cokie Roberts
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