Elizabeth Holtzman, first female comptroller of NYC

By Unknown - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27745498Elizabeth Holtzman (born August 11, 1941) is an American politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold office as the New York City Comptroller, and the District Attorney of Kings County, New York. A Democrat, she represented New York’s 16th congressional district for four terms.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she graduated from Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She was admitted to the NY Bar in 1966. While in Congress, she was not only part of the committee that put together the impeachment papers for Richard Nixon, but went to court to end the bombing in Cambodia filing a legal challenge in United States Federal Court in the case of Schlesinger v. Holtzman. Holtzman voted against the Case-Church amendment, as she wanted an immediate end to the bombings, and subsequently filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking an order to require it.

In 1978 she secured an extension for the deadline for States to vote on the proposed Equal Rights amendment to the US Constitution. That same year, she also got the law to expel Nazi war criminals that had settled in the US. She ran an unsuccessful campaign for US Senate and re-entered New York State politics as a DA in Brooklyn in 1985 and NY State Comptroller in 1989. Her last term in elective office ended in 1994.

Since then she has been an attorney in private practice in New York City. She is now an attorney and author on politics. She published a memoir in 1996, Who Said It Would Be Easy?: One Woman’s Life in the Political Arena with Cynthia L. Cooper. On January 11, 2006, The Nation published her essay calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush for authorizing “the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” She expanded on her arguments for impeaching President Bush in a 2006 book co-authored with Cynthia L. Cooper, The impeachment of George W. Bush: a practical guide for concerned citizens.

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