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Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in Congress, to address San Francisco State University graduates on May 25, 2002



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SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2002 -- San Francisco State University announced today that U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who as minority whip is the highest-ranking woman ever in Congress, will deliver the keynote speech at the University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 25, 2002.

"We are honored to have Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as our commencement speaker," said San Francisco State University President Robert A. Corrigan. "She is a trailblazer in the world of national politics -- an inspiration to all our graduates and to women in particular. Her Congressional leadership on issues ranging from HIV and AIDS to the economy, housing, health care and education has shown that she truly remains a representative of the people."

Pelosi, now serving her eighth term representing the citizens of San Francisco in California's Eighth Congressional District, has emerged as a congressional leader. As minority whip, Pelosi is the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives behind House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri. Fellow House Democrats elected her to the post of minority whip in October. Pelosi also serves on the Intelligence Committee, where she is the ranking Democrat.

Pelosi has played a pivotal role in forging appropriations bills for the country's domestic programs and foreign investments. She has consistently advocated increased spending for prevention and research on AIDS/HIV and breast cancer. Pelosi has made campaign finance reform as top a priority and she continues to lead efforts to help New York City in its recovery following Sept. 11.

As a longtime friend and advocate for SFSU, Pelosi has been successful in sponsoring legislation on behalf of the University and in helping to secure support for scientific research, early childhood education programs and minority access.

A recipient of the SFSU President's Medal in 1996, Pelosi is known as a champion of U.S. global leadership for human rights and sustainable development. She also led legislative efforts in support of jobs, pension security for American workers and international family planning.

One of the largest campuses in the 23-campus CSU system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

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