From 1972 to 1996, Democrat Patricia Scott Schroeder represented the First Congressional District of Colorado. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard Law School, she was dean of the Colorado Congressional delegation for many years and served as Democratic Whip in 1978. At the forefront of the Democratic Party’s progressive movement, she was a leader on critical issues of foreign and military policy, arms control and disarmament, women’s economic equity, educational opportunity, and civil and constitutional rights and supported pro-choice legislation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Child Abuse and Protection Act. She served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Post Office and Civil Services Committee, and the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. For 12 years she also co-chaired the Congressional Women’s Caucus. Schroeder is currently president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers.