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Janet Reno, 78

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The first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General, Reno went on to become a leading advocate for criminal justice reform.

"I think it is important for all of us to pursue the truth, to pursue justice, to seek to change what’s wrong, to make it better and to not give up."

- Janet Reno

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Reno took her duties in law enforcement so seriously, she was known to have bought only new cars at sticker price and kept her phone number listed when she was nominated as attorney general.

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Reno was said to have inherited her mother’s tough-as-nails disposition. A native of the Florida Everglades, Reno said her mother, Jane, built their family home with her own hands, despite a lack of construction experience, and wrestled alligators.

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No, she wasn’t there for a dance party. Reno attended the Grammys in 2005 to drum up interest in a musical project called “Song of America,” a 50-song compilation of folk music spanning 1492 to the present day that she would co-produce, in hopes of sharing historical music with her great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Bill Clinton’s allies criticized Reno for her handling of Whitewater and fallout from Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, in which she maintained her independence from the White House.

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