Open Thread for Friday
Speier's political career began with an unsuccessful run to fill the vacancy left by Congressman Ryan after his murder in Jonestown. Speier was first elected in 1980 as a San Mateo County Supervisor. After two terms there, she won her bid to the California State Assembly by several hundred votes. Speier relinquished her seat in the State Assembly when her husband was killed in an automobile accident. She worked two jobs in the private sector, to support her two children and in 1998, she returned to public service, elected as a California State Senator.
Born in San Francisco, Speier earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1976. Speier will be termed out of the California State Senate in 2006, and she is running for the office of Lieutenant Governor.