|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
March 20, 1973 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Hale Boggs|
|Succeeded by||William J. Jefferson|
|5th United States Ambassador to the Holy See|
|Preceded by||Raymond Flynn|
|Succeeded by||Jim Nicholson|
|Born||Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne
) March 13, 1916
Brunswick Plantation, Louisiana, USA
|Alma mater||Tulane University|
Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, usually known as Lindy Boggs (born March 13, 1916), is a United States political figure who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She was also a permanent chairwoman of the 1976 Democratic National Convention, which made her the first female to preside over a major party convention.
She is the widow of former House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, and the mother of three children: Cokie Roberts (a television news commentator), Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., (a prominent lobbyist), and the late Barbara Boggs Sigmund, a mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, and a candidate in the 1982 New Jersey Democratic senatorial primary election. No female representative from Louisiana has served in the House since Boggs left office.
Boggs was born in Brunswick Plantation, near New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish. She attended Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans. She was a second cousin of the late New Orleans Mayor and Ambassador to the Organization of American States, DeLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison, Sr., who for a time was also her husband's law partner.
In 1972, Representative and Majority Leader Hale Boggs' plane disappeared over Alaska. The first bill that the House passed in 1973, House Resolution 1, officially recognized Hale Boggs' death and created the need for a special election. Lindy Boggs ran as a Democrat for her husband's vacated seat and became Representative of the New Orleans-based 2nd District in 1973.
She was elected to a full term in 1974 with 82 percent of the vote and was reelected seven times thereafter, leaving office in January 1991. In 1980, she faced the Republican Rob Couhig, an attorney-businessman who raised some $200,000 for the race, a large amount at that time for a challenger in a difficult district. Lindy Boggs still prevailed, 45,091 votes (63.8 percent) to Couhig's 25,512 (36.2 percent). Otherwise, Boggs polled more than 80 percent in her contested races. In her four final campaigns, she ran without opposition even though the district had been redrawn with an African American majority following the 1980 United States Census. In 1994, Boggs was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, one year after her late husband had been among the original thirteen inductees.
In 2005, Boggs's home on Bourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter suffered moderate wind damage from Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, she was awarded the Congressional Distinguished Service Award for her time in the House of Representatives.
Boggs is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the four traditionally African-American sororities in the United States.
Tulane's Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology building is named in honor of her.
- IPTV website
- She was followed by Martha Layne Collins in 1984, Ann Richards in 1992, and Nancy Pelosi in 2008.
- Tetlow, Tania (Fall 2012). "Lindy and Me". Tulane Magazine.
- Tulane University - Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology
- Boggs, Lindy, with Katherine Hatch. Washington Through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman. New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1994
- Ferrell, Thomas H., and Judith Haydel. “Hale and Lindy Boggs: Louisiana’s National Democrats.” Louisiana History 35 (Fall 1994): 389–402.
Tyler, Pamela. "Silk Stockings & Ballot Boxes: Women & Politics in New Orleans, 1920 - 1965". University of Georgia Press, 1996.
- Carrick, Bess. "Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet". Documentary film chronicles Mrs. Boggs' career in politics and features Cokie & Steve Roberts, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis, former House Speaker Tom Foley, and scholars, Dr. Patrick Maney, & Dr. Pamela Tyler. Produced by Bess Carrick with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 2006. Airdate 2006–present, nationwide via PBS-Plus.
- Lindy Boggs at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame
- Oral History Interview with Lindy Boggs from Oral Histories of the American South
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
William J. Jefferson
|U. S. Ambassador to the Holy See
|Party political offices|
|Permanent Chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention