(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at the age of 78 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease:
“Janet Reno was an exemplary public servant dedicated to the highest principles of the American justice system,” said Sen. Shaheen.
“Janet was part of a generation of women who achieved ‘firsts’ and her appointment as the first woman Attorney General of the United States underscored her integrity, hard work, compassion and dedication to justice. Janet will be remembered not only for her service to our country but for her lifelong work to protect children and see fair justice for all. I join her family and the entire country in mourning her loss.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch Tweeted: “Janet Reno was an inspiration & trailblazer for so many women in law enforcement & government — including me. She will be dearly missed.”
The Washington Post reported that “From the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas to the investigation into Clinton’s sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, she was adamant that her prosecutors and agents work outside the influence of politics, media or popular opinion.”
The story went on to say:”Her supporters believed she brought a heightened level of integrity and professionalism to the attorney general’s office. They admired her insistence on legal exactitude from her employees and praised her caution in prosecutions.”