Pelosi Events to Include Richards Tribute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

When Nancy Pelosi is sworn in this week as U.S. House speaker, she is dedicating one event on the inauguration's eve to the late Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Pelosi will be the first woman to serve in the post.

A tea being held today to honor Pelosi also will pay tribute to Richards, a legend among Democrats.

Cecile Richards and Richards' granddaughter Lily Adams were to attend the tea.

Richards died in September at 73 after a battle with esophageal cancer.

She was a longtime champion of women and minorities in government. Richards appointed the first black University of Texas regent, the first crime victim on the state Criminal Justice Board, the first disabled person on the human services board and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. During her time in office, the Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black and female officers.

Richards' daughter, Cecile, served as Pelosi's deputy chief of staff in 2002 and 2003.


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