Janet Reno

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“I would like to use the law of this land to do everything I possibly can to protect America’s children from abuse and violence and to give each of them the opportunity to grow to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficient citizens,” said Janet Reno, who on March 12, 1993 was sworn in as the first woman to serve as US Attorney General. As AG, she handled such high profile matters as the Branch Davidian stand-off and siege in Waco; the prosecutions of the 1993 World Trade Center bomber, the Oklahoma City bombers, and the Unabomber; and 6-year-old Cuban immigrant Elian Gonzalez, who became the center of a battle between the Cuban and US governments before he was sent back to Cuba to his father’s custody. She was elevated to pop-icon status through Will Farrell’s re-occurring SNL sketch “Janet Reno’s Dance Party,” in which Farrell played Reno and hilarity ensued. On her last day as AG, she joined the Dance Party herself. She died in 2016 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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