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  Woods, Harriett F.
NameHarriett F. Woods
University City, Missouri , United States
Born June 02, 1927
DiedFebruary 08, 2007 (79 years)
ContributorNot in Public Domain
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 12, 2018 12:33am
InfoState Senator 1977-1985
U.S. Senate nominee, 1982
Lt. Governor, 1985-1989
U.S. Senate nominee, 1986

Harriet F. Woods
Woods was a lecturer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a commentator on radio, TV and in the press. Her public service includes eight years as a city council member in University City, MO; eight years as a Missouri state senator; two years as a state transportation and highway commissioner; and four years as Lt. Governor.

In 1982 and 1986, she was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. Following her second bid for the US Senate, Woods became the President of the National Womens Political Caucus and served in that capacity through the early 1990s. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Public Campaign, the organization for campaign finance reform. Before beginning her career in public office, Woods was a journalist,both as a newspaper reporter and then as a television moderator and public affairs director for KPLR-TV in St. Louis. She then ran her own small business as an independent film producer.

Woods attended the University of Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is a former Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a former Old Master at Purdue University. She is married to Jim Woods, a retired newspaper editor, and has three sons and eight grandchildren. She lives in University City, a suburb of St. Louis.

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Feb 09, 2007 12:00pm Obituary Former Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods dies at 79  Article RMF 

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