Former Congresswoman and Ambassador Lindy Boggs Dies at 97

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"Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Lindy Boggs. A dedicated public servant with a keen intelligence and enduring charm, Lindy was a true original," they said. "Whether representing her Louisiana neighbors in the House or her country as Ambassador to the Vatican, she was as graceful as she was effective. The country has lost a champion for civil rights and a trailblazer for women, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her legions of friends and supporters."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R, also released a statement praising Boggs's life and career.

"As the first woman elected to Congress in Louisiana, and as the first female Chair of the Democratic National Convention, Lindy no doubt left her mark on history," Jindal said. "She lived a life of service, carrying on for those who couldn't and speaking up for those who didn't have a voice in the halls of Congress. Lindy was a true fighter, but she did it with incredible grace and the people of Louisiana are grateful for her service."

Boggs's three children have all held notable careers.

Her daughter Cokie Roberts went on to become a nationally known journalist at NPR, PBS and ABC News. Her daughter Barbara Boggs Sigmund served as mayor of Princeton, N.J., before dying of cancer in 1990. Her son Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. works as a prominent lobbyist and lawyer in Washington, D.C.

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