Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder, known as Pat Schroeder, was an American politician and lawyer. She was born on July 30, 1940, in Portland, Oregon.
Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1961 and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1964.
Schroeder served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado from 1973 to 1997, representing the state’s first congressional district.
She was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado and was a prominent advocate for women’s rights during her time in office.
Schroeder co-founded the Congressional Women’s Caucus and was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
During her tenure in Congress, Schroeder focused on issues such as education, child care, and health care reform. She also became known for her outspokenness and sense of humor.
In 1987, she briefly sought the Democratic nomination for president but withdrew from the race.
After leaving Congress, Schroeder served as the President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers from 1997 to 2009. She also taught at Princeton University and the University of Minnesota and served on various boards and commissions.
Pat Schroeder Parents: Meet Lee Combs Scott and Bernice Arlene Scott
Pat Schroeder was born as Patricia Nell Scott to Lee Combs Scott and Bernice Arlene (née Hibner) Scott.
Her father was a pilot who served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and later worked as a lawyer. Her mother was a first-grade teacher.