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Passing of the Honorable Lindy Boggs, former U.S. Representative and Ambassador to the Vatican

from IAEM

On July 27, the emergency management community lost one of its greatest advocates when former U.S. Representative Lindy Biggs passed away. IAEM-USA Policy Advisor Martha Braddock noted, "All who had the honor to work with Mrs. Boggs have favorite stories of how she accomplished — with charm, a smile, deep understanding of issues, political sense, and steely determination — what others thought impossible. She kept emergency management funding alive against incredible odds in the 80's. Next to my mother, she is the woman I admired most."

As the representative of a New Orleans district from 1973 to 1990, the Honorable Lindy Boggs clearly understood the importance of improving preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. She was a tireless supporter of emergency management and the National Flood Insurance Program in her roles as a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee which had jurisdiction over FEMA and, earlier, the Committee on Banking and Currency of the U.S. House of Representatives. She spearheaded legislation on various issues, ranging from emergency management to flood insurance and flood control, from civil rights to women’s issues (notably access to mortgage credit in their own names and credit for women entrepreneurs) and to promotion of women in government service. She was respected as an expert on these issues by her colleagues in Congress. Among her many honors, she was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2012, held in conjunction with the IAEM-USA 60th Annual Conference & EMEX. Learn more. more

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