- Congresswoman from Texas (Republican), 12th District, USA
Formerly: high school teacher; operated successful insurance agency for over 20 years. Former Mayor, Fort Worth, home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin, when interest in national security began. Since 1997, US Congresswoman; Chairwoman, Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, 112th Congress; Member, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; oversees 70% of all discretionary spending; Co-Chair, Anti-Terrorism Caucus; Deputy Whip; former Vice-Chair and spokesperson for the party, House Republican Conference. Co-Chair, Iraqi Women's Caucus. Member of the Board, International Republican Institute. Commissioner, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Member, Congressional Advisory Committee, National Endowment for Democracy. Recipient of awards and honours.