Florence Kahn, the first Jewish woman to serve in Congress, was known for her effectiveness and sparkling wit. She is shown in her portrait amidst the striking vistas of—and the fruits of her legislative work for— her San Francisco Bay area district. While she served on the Appropriations Committee, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges were prominent infrastructural projects. Kahn also secured a Naval Air depot in the area, which opened just before the United States entered World War II, which is alluded to here by the ship crossing the bay behind her.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Florence Prag Kahn,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2009/2009-005-000/ (November 28, 2021)
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