Senator Blanche L. Lincoln made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Senate at the age of 38. She made history again when she became the first female to serve as chairman of the Senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in its 184-year history.
During her congressional tenure, she served on several committees, including the House Committee on Agriculture; House Energy and Commerce Committee; Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Senate Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Finance Committee, and is widely recognized as a national leader in the areas of agriculture, health care, taxes, trade and energy policy.
As one of the Finance Committee’s top-ranking Democrats, Lincoln was named the first woman Democratic Senator to lead a Finance Committee Subcommittee. During her time on the Finance Committee, she went on to chair two subcommittees and helped develop and pass legislation to empower families by reducing taxes, improving health care and expanding international trade.
Senator Lincoln is a Helena, Arkansas, native. She received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and together with her husband, Dr. Steve Lincoln, are the proud parents of twin boys, Reece and Bennett.