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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno Dies

Ex-Clinton AG was first woman to hold the job

Attorney General Eric Holder, center, kisses former Attorney General Janet Reno after she was awarded the Justice Award by the American Judicature Society in 2009. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)
Attorney General Eric Holder, center, kisses former Attorney General Janet Reno after she was awarded the Justice Award by the American Judicature Society in 2009. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

Janet Reno, the first female U.S. attorney general, passed away at age 78 on Monday in her home in Miami.

Reno, who served during Bill Clinton’s presidency, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, ABC news reported

She served as attorney general for eight years from 1993 to 2001, during which she dealt with several controversies. Reno faced harsh criticism for the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, where leader David Koresh and roughly 80 followers were killed. 

Reno was selected as attorney general by Clinton in 1993 at the age of 54.

“It’s an extraordinary experience, and I hope I do the women of America proud,” Reno said after she won confirmation. 

Reno never married, but remained very close to her family, with whom she spent a lot of time after her tenure as attorney general. She ran for Florida governor in 2002, but lost in the Democratic primary. 

She is survived by a sister, and seven nieces and nephews.

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