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House Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2010 :: 0:33:50 to 0:38:35
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Lamar S. Smith

0:33:47 to 0:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: i commend my colleague, gabby giffords of arizona, for introducing this resolution. i urge my colleagues to support it. i hope we have more justices like her in the future, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i --

Lamar S. Smith

0:33:50 to 0:38:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

0:34:09 to 0:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: h.r. 1141 honors the accomplishments of the honorable sandra day o'connor, the first woman to serve on the united states supreme court. justice o'connor was born in el paso, texas, in 1930, and grew up on a cattle ranch called the lazy b near duncan, arizona. she befriended cowboys who worked on the ranch, learned to

Lamar S. Smith

0:34:30 to 0:34:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: drive a car and shoot a gun and became an expert horseback rider. her parents decided she need an education, so o'connor went to live with her maternal grandmother in el paso. she later studied economics at stanford university with aon

Lamar S. Smith

0:34:52 to 0:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: toward -- with an eye toward working on the lazy b is she graduated in two years, which included valedictorian. one her other classmates, john jay owe cor, became her husband. this was the 1950's and she

Lamar S. Smith

0:35:14 to 0:35:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: could not find work as a lawyer but she was determined. she started out as a legal secretary before finding employment as the deputy county attorney for san mateo, california. when her husband was drafted into the judge corps, she served him in germany. returning to the united states in 1957, the couple settled in

Lamar S. Smith

0:35:36 to 0:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: phnix and started a family. three children arrived in the next six years. o'connor eventually hung on a sheengle with one partner and began a general law practice. but with the birth of her second child she devoted herself to homemaker duties, local politicses. following five years as a

Lamar S. Smith

0:35:57 to 0:36:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: full-time mother, o'connor returned to work as an arizona assistant attorney general. later the governor appointed her to fill a vacant state senate seat. in 1974 o'connor became the first woman to serve as the majority leader in the state legislature. this achievement propelled her

Lamar S. Smith

0:36:19 to 0:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: to the bench, first as maricopa county superior court judge and then 1978 as a member of the arizona court of appeals, the state's indeterminant apell ate court. justice o'connor was a smart, fair, even-tempered judge. this compelling story intrigued

Lamar S. Smith

0:36:41 to 0:37:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: president ronald reagan who was looking for a judge to replace justice potter stewart. and sandra day o'connor he found his nominee. senate confirmations are not for the faint hearted, but o'connor came through like an experienced pro. she was confirmed by a vote of 99-0 and was sworn in as the

Lamar S. Smith

0:37:02 to 0:37:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: 102nd member of the court on seember 21, 1981. of obvious importance then and now, she became the first woman to serve as an associate justice. so much for glass clings. justice o'connor served on the court for nearly a quarter of a century before retiring in 2006 . early in her tenure she was

Lamar S. Smith

0:37:23 to 0:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: known as a concerted jurist who preferred analyzingases with a narrow facts specific approach. later she acquired the reputation as a swing vote. law professor steven green once paid her the ultimate compliment when she said, quote, she seemed to look at each case with an open mind,

Lamar S. Smith

0:37:44 to 0:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: end quote. since retiring from the bench she is not retired. she cared for her husban son, who was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease in 1990 and passed away last november. in addition to traveling and spending time with family members, she worked on the american bar association

Lamar S. Smith

0:38:05 to 0:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: project to educate americans about the role of judges, served as the cans lohr and performed trustee duties for the national constitution center. in recognition of her life's work, president obama awarded her the presidential medal of freedom, the highest civilian honor of the united states, on august 12, 2009.

Lamar S. Smith

0:38:26 to 0:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mr. speaker, sandra day o'connor is a pioneer for women and an inspiration to all americans. i urge my colleagues to support h.res. 1141, which honors her

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