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|Established|| April 30, 1789|
|Disbanded|| Still Active |
|Last Modified||Scott³ May 25, 2009 03:06pm|
"First Lady" is not an elected position, carries no official duties, & receives no salary.
Nonetheless, she attends many official ceremonies and functions of state either along
with, or in place of, the President. There is a strong tradition against the First Lady
holding outside employment while occupying the office. The first lady frequently
participates in humanitarian and charitable work; over the course of the 20th century
it became increasingly common for first ladies to select specific causes to promote,
usually ones that are not politically divisive. It is common for the first lady to hire a staff
to support these activities. Additionally, many have taken an active role in campaigning
for the President with whom they are associated.
Office of the First Lady
The Office of the First Lady of the United States is accountable to the First Lady of the
United States for her to carry out her duties as hostess of the White House, and is also
in charge of all social and ceremonial events of the White House. The First Lady has
her own staff that includes the White House Social Secretary, a Chief of Staff, Press
Secretary, Chief Floral Designer, Executive Chef, etc. The Office of the First Lady is a
branch of the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
Note: Votes for the races in this container are by Electoral Votes cast for their spouse
in the Presidential Election.