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  • Guide to the Administration
    Janet Reno
    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Janet Reno
    Attorney General

    Contact Information
    Background from The Post

    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.).

    Hometown: Miami

    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.

    Department of Justice
    Constitution Avenue and 10th Street
    Washington, D.C. 20530
    (202) 514-2000
    FAX: (202) 514-5331

    Background from The Post

    House Panel Votes to Cite Reno for Contempt
    Aug. 7, 1998
    What Is It About Janet Reno?
    Jan. 25, 1998
    Reno's Brave DecisionColumn
    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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