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Janet Reno

Janet Reno
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David Burnett, born 1946
Janet Reno, 21 Jul 1938 - 7 Nov 2016
Silver dye bleach print on paper
Sheet (Verified): 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© David Burnett
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Born Miami, Florida
Pictured by David Burnett for a Time magazine cover story shortly after becoming the nation’s first female attorney general, Janet Reno would go on to enjoy one of the longest tenures in this position, serving until 2001. Reno earned the public’s admiration with her straightforward approach: "I think it’s important that we look not with labels, not with shorthand terms, not with partisan politics but with good, hard-nosed common sense." Reno faced significant challenges while in office, such as the 1993 Waco siege, which ended violently. As attorney general, Reno witnessed the emergence of domestic and international terrorism, including the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City (1995) by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. She later attracted controversy for declining to release documents related to the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998.
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