On November 3, 1998, Senator Blanche L. Lincoln made history when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Senate at the age of 38 – a milestone that still exist today.
Lincoln made history again on September 9, 2009, when she became the first female to serve as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee in its 184-year history.
During her 16 year career in the U.S. Congress, first as a two-term member of the House of Representatives and then as a two-term member of the U.S. Senate, she built a reputation as a results-oriented, bipartisan legislator. She served on the several Committees in Congress; including, the House Committee on Agriculture, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Special Committee on Aging, and the Senate Finance Committee and is widely recognized as a national leader in the areas of agriculture, anti-hunger, aging, healthcare, international trade, taxes, and energy policy.
As one of the Finance Committee’s top-ranking Democrats, Lincoln was named the first woman Democratic Senator to lead a Finance Committee Subcommittee. During her time on the Finance Committee, she went on to Chair two Subcommittees and helped develop and pass legislation reducing taxes, improving healthcare, and expanding international trade.
As a farmer’s daughter, she became known as a champion of production agriculture who fought to ensure that producers were able to continue to provide the safest, most abundant, and affordable supply of food and fiber to meet the global needs of the 21st century.
Senator Lincoln is a Helena, Arkansas native where her mother, Martha Kelly Lambert, still resides. She received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia and together with her husband, Dr. Steve Lincoln, are the proud parents of twin boys, Reece and Bennett. In her spare time, she enjoys duck hunting and fishing with her family.