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Janet Reno

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Janet Reno, a former United States attorney general who served under President Bill Clinton, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, according to her sister.

Reno became the first female attorney general after President Clinton nominated her Feb. 11, 1993. Just a month later, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Upon her retirement Jan. 20, 2001, she became the second longest-serving attorney general after William Wirt.

Reno, who was born July 21, 1938, in Miami, Florida, studied chemistry during the late 1950s at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After receiving her undergraduate degree there, she graduated from Harvard Law School in 1963. After working for two Miami legal firms, she became state's attorney for Miami-Dade County. She served in that capacity from 1978 to 1993.

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During her tenure as U.S. attorney general, she presided over the prosecution of the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski. Also during her time as the nation's top lawyer, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were captured and convicted of carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing.

After serving under President Clinton, Reno ran for governor of Florida in 2002. She lost, however, in a close Democratic primary election. She later toured the United States, delivering speeches related to the criminal justice system.

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