First Female Attorney General Janet Reno, Passes Away At 78

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Janet Reno, the nation’s first female Attorney General, who reigned under President Bill Clinton in the 1990’s, passed away on Monday morning. She served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 2001.

Her sister Maggy Hurchalla revealed the news of her death. Reno had been battling Parkinson’s disease for many years since she was diagnosed in November of 1995.

Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement that he and Hillary, the Democratic presidential nominee, were “deeply saddened” by the news.

According to the couple, Reno was “an extraordinary public servant who dedicated her life to advancing justice, equality, and innovations in criminal justice that would save and lift lives.”

“As Attorney General for all eight years of my Presidency, Janet worked tirelessly to make our communities safer, protect the vulnerable, and to strike the right balance between seeking justice and avoiding abuse of power,” Clinton said in the statement.

“It’s fitting that she spent her last years with family and friends, living in the house her mother built with her own hands. Janet was her mother’s daughter. I will always be grateful for her service, counsel, and friendship.”