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Wed May 1, 2019, 09:40 PM

Ellen Tauscher, former House Democrat and arms negotiator under Obama, dies at 67

Source: Washington Post

Ellen Tauscher, former House Democrat and arms negotiator under Obama, dies at 67

By Harrison Smith April 30

Ellen Tauscher, a moderate California Democrat who helped blaze a trail for women in finance and was elected to seven terms in the U.S. House, then resigned in 2009 to join the State Department as a senior arms-control adviser to President Barack Obama, died April 29 at a hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. She was 67.

Her family announced the death in a statement, saying she had battled pneumonia since January. In a recent Facebook post, Ms. Tauscher said she was also being treated for a complication from her 2010 surgery for esophageal cancer.

A former investment banker and stockbroker, Ms. Tauscher was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and at 25 the youngest. Elected to the House in 1996, she represented an eastern swath of San Francisco suburbs previously controlled by the Republican Party, and espoused a pro-business, socially liberal political philosophy that Time magazine dubbed Tauscherism.

Known for a witty and sometimes blunt speaking style, Ms. Tauscher she said she drew on her Wall Street experience to cut deals, often across the aisle, and served as chairwoman of the centrist New Democrat Coalition.


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