Paths to Congress

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Each interviewee has a unique story of her journey to Capitol Hill. This collection of clips showcases the diverse backgrounds that led women Members and staff to Congress, whether it was growing up in a political family, experience in the state legislature, or a commitment to public service. Listen to campaign stories from former Members as well as personal accounts of the hiring process from former staff.

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Quick Decision to Run for Congress

The Honorable Beverly Barton Butcher Byron recalls the quick decision she made to run for Congress after the death of her husband Representative Goodloe Byron of Maryland.

The Honorable Beverly Barton Butcher Byron, U.S. Representative of Maryland
Interview recorded June 15, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Motivation to Run for Congress

The Honorable Claudine Schneider explains how she asked Members why they ran for national office and the different answers she received from men and women.

The Honorable Claudine Schneider, U.S. Representative of Rhode Island
Interview recorded January 20, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

First Political Experience: Part Two

The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley reflects on the nature of campaigning.

The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley, U.S. Representative of Maryland
Interview recorded March 21, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Audio

From the Winning Typing Team to Congress

Mary Ellen Atkins recalls her unique path to Washington, D.C.

Mary Ellen Atkins, Secretary, Representative Karl Le Compte of Iowa
Interview recorded August 24, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Working Hard on the Campaign

The Honorable Sue W. Kelly recalls her busy schedule as she traversed the district during her first campaign to fill the House seat previously held by Representative Hamilton Fish, Jr.

The Honorable Sue W. Kelly, U.S. Representative of New York
Interview recorded June 23, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)