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Sen. Paula Hawkins has died



PaulahawkinsFrom the Associated Press:

Former U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins, the first woman elected to a full Senate term without a family political connection, has died. The Florida Republican was 82.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, a close friend, announced that she died Friday. He said she'd had been in poor health recently, suffering a stroke and a fall.
When she won office in 1980, Hawkins became the first woman senator elected from the South and the first woman from any state elected to a full Senate term who was not the wife or daughter of a politician.

During her single term, she positioned herself as a media-savvy champion of children and working mothers and an enemy of drug dealers. She lost her bid for a second term in 1986 to then-Gov. Bob Graham.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:08pm]


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