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Subject: Former California Rep. Ellen Tauscher, age 67 as a result of pneumonia complications ....

Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 09:31:24am

Former Rep. Tauscher, arms negotiator and Wall Street ground-breaker, dies at 67

By CARLA MARINUCCI, Politico; 04/30/2019 11:38 AM EDT

Former California Rep. Ellen O’Kane Tauscher — a centrist Democrat whose career took her from the New York Stock Exchange to Congress and then to negotiating major international nuclear arms treaties for the Obama administration — died Monday of complications from pneumonia at Stanford University Medical Center. She was 67.

Tauscher, born in Newark, New Jersey, was the eldest of four children in an Irish-Catholic household led by her mother, Sally, a secretary, and her father, John, a grocery store manager. After graduating from Seton Hall University with a degree in early childhood education, she became one of the first and youngest women — at age 25 — to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She later served as an officer for the American Stock Exchange.

She married businessman William Tauscher — whom she later divorced — and had a daughter, Katherine. After moving to California in 1989, Tauscher — by then a working mom frustrated at being unable to find good child care — authored the Childcare Sourcebook and founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers.

But she developed a keen interest in politics, became a fundraiser and then successfully chaired her good friend Dianne Feinstein's first two U.S. Senate campaigns, in a 1992 special election and in 1994. Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday that "when Ellen put her mind to politics, she was a force."

As the only member of Congress with two national labs in her district — the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the California campus of Sandia National Laboratory — Tauscher chaired the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, responsible for oversight of the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense program and the national labs.

Even after leaving public life, Tauscher “went on to do all these amazing things...to negotiate an agreement between clothes makers and workers in Bangladesh, to create better treatment after the terrible fires that killed so many of the workers in the textile factories,’’ Clinton told POLITICO. “She worked with the University of California to make sure their national labs were operating at effectiveness; she continued to tackle tough problems and continued to bring her focus to it.”

Tauscher retired from public service, but also remained active on a number of prominent boards and commissions, including as the chair of Governor Jerry Brown’s Military Advisory Council, chair of the Board of Governors for Livermore and Los Alamos labs, and as a regent of the University of California.

She also held a number of seats on publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, including on the boards of Edison International/Southern California Edison, and Mt. View, CA-based eHealth. She was a member of the Board of Advisors of SpaceX, the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc, NTI, and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council, as well as was vice chair of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

After her 2010 cancer diagnosis, she also became a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and later a chair of the organization, advocating for more early detection and treatment of the disease.

“Bad things happen to everybody,” Tauscher later told the East Bay Times.. “I didn’t consider what happened to me be the worst thing, nor did I consider it something that would defeat me. It was a speed bump in my life.”

Her family said she died Monday at Stanford, surrounded by her daughter Katherine and family members, after a long bout with pneumonia.

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