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Name: Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder                                                         
Born: 30 July 1940 Portland, Oregon                                                         
Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder, popularly known as Pat Schroeder (born July 30,               
1940), American politician, was a Democratic member of the United States House               
of Representatives from Colorado, serving from 1973 to 1997. She was the first               
woman elected to Congress from Colorado.                                                     
Born in Portland, Oregon, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa with her family as a                 
child. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1958 she left Des Moines               
and attended the University of Minnesota where she served as a student senator,             
before getting a law degree from Harvard University in 1964. Moving to Denver,               
Colorado, she worked for the National Labor Relations Board from 1964 to 1966.               
She later worked for Planned Parenthood and taught in Denver's public schools.               
In 1972, she won election for Congress in Colorado's first district, based in               
Denver, over freshman Republican incumbent James McKevitt. McKevitt, previously             
the Denver district attorney, had been the first Republican to represent the                 
district, regarded as the most Democratic in the Rockies, since Dean M.                     
Gillespie in 1947. Schroeder won by just over 8,000 votes, but was re-elected               
eleven times without a contest nearly as close.                                             
While in Congress, she became the first woman to serve on the House Armed                   
Services Committee, and was a prime mover behind the Family and Medical Leave               
Act. She ran for President of the United States in 1988, before announcing her               
withdrawal in an emotional press conference on September 28, 1987. She was                   
lampooned on Saturday Night Live by Nora Dunn, acting as Schroeder, repeatedly               
bursting into tears while moderating a Democratic primary debate.                           
She is perhaps best known, however, for saying, of Ronald Reagan, "He's just                 
like a Teflon frying pan: Nothing sticks to him." The characterization "Teflon               
President" has entered the American political lexicon.[citation needed] She did             
not seek a thirteenth term in 1996, and was succeeded by state house minority               
whip Diana DeGette, a fellow Democrat.                                                       
Schroeder was named president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers             
in 1997. She has been a vocal proponent of stronger copyright law, opposing                 
attempts like Eldred v. Ashcroft to put limits on copyright length and Google's             
plan to digitize books and post limited content online. She has publicly                     
criticized libraries for distributing electronic content without compensation to             
publishers, writers and others in the publishing industry, telling the                       
Washington Post "They aren't rich...they have mortgages." At the same time,                 
she has tried to make the publishing industry more socially responsible,                     
cooperating with organizations for the blind and others with reading                         
difficulties to help make materials more accessible to them, particularly by                 
encouraging publishers to release books so that nonprofit groups can transfer               
them to electronic formats. She has also sat on the panel of judges for the PEN/Newman's     
Own Award, a $25,000 award designed to recognize the protection of free speech               
as it applies to the written word.                                                           
Schroeder recently stirred some controversy when she referred to liberals as                 
those reading more books than conservatives. Her statement was relatively                   
unflattering about conservative readers in her explanation: "The Karl Roves of               
the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't               
raise my taxes, no new taxes,'" she said in a recent interview. "It's pretty                 
hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every             
page." Schroeder was commenting on an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that found                 
people who consider themselves liberals are more prodigious book readers than               
She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who "can't say anything in less than               
paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion."