IN HONOR OF WOMEN HISTORY MONTH 2015 Gale Norton

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Gale Ann Norton (born March 11, 1954) served as the 48th United States Secretary of the Interior from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. She was the first woman to hold the position. From 1991 to 1999, Norton served as Attorney General of Colorado. Prior to her election as Colorado Attorney General, Norton served as an associate solicitor at the United States Department of the Interior, overseeing legal issues related to endangered species and public lands for the National Park Service and the Fish Director and Wildlife Service.
She vehemently defended Colorado’s Amendment 2 in 1992, an amendment to the state constitution that would prevent a city, town or county in the state from recognizing homosexual citizens as a protected class. The law was struck down at the federal Supreme Court as unconstitutional in Romer v. Evans.
In 1996, she was a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, but was defeated by then-Congressman Wayne Allard. Before being named Interior Secretary in 2001, Norton was a senior counsel at Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, and a Denver-based law firm. The firm was listed with the U.S. Congress as a lobbyist for NL Industries, formerly known as National Lead Company.

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