Patricia Schroeder: Colorado’s First Congresswoman

PatschroederWhen: 1940-Present

Where: Portland, OR, Denver, CO

Why Important: Colorado’s first woman Congressperson

Representative Patricia Schroeder and U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm talking to students at Manual High School circa 1982
(Credit: Denver Public Library)


Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1996. She represented the First Congressional District of Colorado, and she was a Democrat. She went to college at the University of Minnesota. After she graduated, she went to Harvard Law School.

She held many important offices in Colorado. She helped many causes that were important to Democrats. For example, she believed in equal opportunities for women and supported the Child Abuse and Protection Act. She served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Post Office and Civil Services Committee, and the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.

For 12 years she also co-chaired the Congressional Women’s Caucus. Schroeder served as the president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers from 1997-2008.

Content Date: Jan. 1, 1940 to Jan. 1, 2011

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