Former Governor of Texas Ann Richards
Mother of Cecile Richards
Richards entered politics in the 1950 as a volunteer for several Democratic gubernatorial campaigns. She later ran the successful campaign to elect Sarah Weddington-the lawyer who argued the winning side of Roe v. Wade in front of the U.S. Supreme Court-to the Texas legislature in 1972. Four years later Richards made her first bid for public office. She won a commissioner position for Travis County. She then moved from local to state government in 1982 when she won the election to become the state treasurer. She was re-elected to that post in 1986.