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Lynn Martin (1991–1993) - Secretary of Labor

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Lynn Morley Martin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 26, 1939, and graduated from the University of Illinois (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1960) with a degree in education. For years, Martin worked as a teacher and served as a member of the Winnebago County Board (1972-1976). She was also elected to the Illinois House of Representatives (1977-1979) and the Illinois Senate (1979-1980). In 1980, voters elected her to the first of five terms in Congress as a representative from Illinois (1981-1991). In 1990, Martin was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Appointed secretary of labor by President George H.W. Bush, she took the oath of office on February 22, 1991, and served until January 20, 1993.

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Stephen Knott

Professor Knott is an Associate Professor in the National Security Decision Making Department at the United States Naval War College. Prior to joining the War College faculty, he served as project director for the Ronald Reagan and Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Projects at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. His writings include:

The Reagan Years (Facts on File, 2005)

Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (University Press of Kansas, 2002)