Kassebaum, Nancy Landon

Kassebaum, Nancy Landon

▪ United States senator
née  Nancy Landon,  also called (from 1996)  Nancy Kassebaum Baker 
born July 29, 1932, Topeka, Kan., U.S.

      U.S. senator, the first woman elected to the Senate who was not a widow taking her husband's seat.

      Nancy Landon was the daughter of Alfred M. Landon (Landon, Alf), governor of Kansas and Republican candidate for president in 1936. She studied political science at the University of Kansas (B.A., 1954) and diplomatic history at the University of Michigan (M.A., 1956). In 1956 she married Philip Kassebaum and began serving as vice president of Kassebaum Communications, which operated two radio stations. She also served on the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission and Kansas Committee on the Humanities, as well as the school board in Maize, Kansas (1972–75). After separating from her husband in 1975, Kassebaum moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Senator James B. Pearson of Kansas as a caseworker. She was elected to replace Pearson upon his retirement; when she entered office in 1979, she was the only woman in the Senate.

      Kassebaum sat on several committees, including the Budget Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She tackled subjects other Republican politicians shied away from and was known for her resoluteness. Early in her career she supported the Equal Rights Amendment, but her later refusal to support the ratification deadline extension lost her the Kansas Women's Political Caucus's support. Kassebaum supported welfare reform, changes in the federal student loan and financial assistance programs, and the National Endowment for the Arts; she also focused on health care issues. In the 1980s she worked toward ending apartheid in South Africa.

      In 1996 Kassebaum retired from the Senate and married former senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.

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