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FORMER congresswoman Pat Schroeder has died after suffering a stroke.

The ex-lawmaker, who was a pioneer for women’s rights, passed away on Monday at the age of 82 in a Florida hospital.

Former congresswoman Pat Schroeder has died at the age of 82


Former congresswoman Pat Schroeder has died at the age of 82Credit: Getty
Schroeder, who was first elected to Congress in 1972, was seen pictured with Bill Clinton in 1993


Schroeder, who was first elected to Congress in 1972, was seen pictured with Bill Clinton in 1993Credit: AP

Schroeder, who represented a district in Colorado, was first elected to Congress in 1972 and won re-election 11 times before standing down after 24 years.

The Democrat was considered an icon for the feminist movement and was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

One of her huge wins came in 1993 when she signed a family-leave bill that provided Americans with job protection for the care of a newborn, parent, or sick child.

Schroeder was reportedly asked by a congressman how she could be both a lawmaker and parent.

She quipped back: “I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted that he should’ve taken Schroeder more seriously during her time in Congress.

Lawmakers have described Schroeder as a trailblazer in politics.

Rep. Nita Lowey said: “Pat Schroeder blazed the trail. Every woman in this house is walking in her footsteps.”

Colorado’s Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold said: “Her leadership for women and families made a lasting impact, and Pat was a true trailblazer for so many of us.”

Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado’s second congressional district, described Schroeder as an “incredible public servant and historic trailblazer.”

And, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said he was left “deeply saddened” by Schroeder’s death.

He added: “Her wit, wisdom, and great love for our country will be missed.”

Schroeder was also known for her wit as she was the mastermind behind former president Ronald Reagan’s nickname “Teflon” in 1983.

She famously said on the House floor: “He has been perfecting the Teflon-coated presidency: He sees to it that nothing sticks to him.”

In 1987, the then-congresswoman touted a potential bid for the Democratic presidential nominee and launched a fundraising campaign.

But, she opted against fully declaring her candidacy as she revealed that “her heart wasn’t in it.”

Schroeder also thought that fundraising was “demeaning.”

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Schroeder remained actively involved in politics after standing down from Congress.

She mentored candidates and campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

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