Barbara Kennelly, a Democrat from Connecticut, was first elected to Congress in 1980, and this button likely dates from that run. During her tenure, she became one of the Democratic Party’s highest-ranking women to date, serving on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Barbara Bailey Kennelly Lapel Pin,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2008/2008-135-003/ (June 18, 2021)
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