THE ICON: Congresswoman Lindy Boggs
THE LEGACY: Lindy Boggs, who learned about Washington politics as the wife of U.S. Rep. Hale Boggs, D-New Orleans, was elected to succeed him after an airplane in which he was a passenger disappeared over Alaska in 1972. A consummate politician with a velvet touch and a deep, broad network, Boggs was consistently re-elected, never with less than 60 percent of the vote, until she stepped down in 1991. During her tenure, she was a champion of Louisiana and an advocate of women’s rights. A devout Catholic, Boggs returned to public life in 1997, when President Bill Clinton appointed her ambassador to Vatican City, where she served until 2001.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “She was more than good. She was great. Grace was in her DNA, grace was in her steps, and heaven was in her eyes. She never gave in. She never gave out. She kept the faith. She kept her eyes on the prize.” — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on Lindy Boggs