Few members of the Clinton administration have engendered as much controversy as Attorney General Janet Reno. She was praised for her role investigating the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the Unabomber but criticized for her handling of the Ruby Ridge incident and the storming of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex. The Clinton White House has taken aim at Reno over her role in the Whitewater investigation, while congressional Republicans criticized her reluctance to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged campaign finance abuses.
Sworn in: March 12, 1993 (nominated Feb. 11, 1993)
Succeeded: William P. Barr, in the Bush administration.
Previous occupation: State attorney for Dade County, Fla., 1978-93; partner in a Miami law firm, 1976-78; assistant state attorney (Florida), 1973-76; counsel for the state Senate committee revising the Florida Criminal Code, 1973; candidate for the Florida state legislature (defeated), 1972; staff director of the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, 1971.
Education: Cornell University (chemistry), Harvard Law School, 1963 (L.L.B.).
Date of Birth: July 21, 1938
Of note: Reno, the 78th attorney general of the United States, is the first woman to hold that position. She was Florida's first female state attorney.
House Panel Votes to Cite Reno for Contempt
Aug. 7, 1998
What Is It About Janet Reno?
Jan. 25, 1998
Reno's Brave Decision Column
Dec. 5, 1997
Reno Decides Against Independent Counsel To Probe Clinton, Gore
Dec. 3, 1997
Isolated Reno Plods Familiar Course As Criticism From Capitol Hill Grows
Oct. 19, 1997
Reno Concedes Tension in Funds Probe, Notes New Procedures
Oct. 16, 1997
How Reno Has Set Focus of Probe
Oct. 6, 1997
Reno Is Now Probing Clinton's Fund-Raising
Sept. 21, 1997
'Crisis in Confidence' Prompted Reno's Decision
Sept. 18, 1997
Reno Assailed for Rejecting Independent Counsel
April 16, 1997
Reno Ethics Push at Justice Is Still a Work-in-Progress
Dec. 28, 1996
Clinton Asks Reno to Stay as Attorney General
Dec. 13, 1996
Reno Rejects Call For Special Counsel
Nov. 30, 1996
Reno Seeks Starr Probe Of FBI Files
June 21, 1996
Clinton Nominates Reno at Justice
Feb. 12, 1993
Prosecutor Wins High Marks Battling Miami Vice
Feb. 12, 1993
NRA Fires Lobbyist Over Reno Rumor
March 12, 1993
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