(RENO, NV., KXNT)–Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman ever elected to Congress from Nevada, has died at the age of 91.
Family members say Vucanovich died at home in Reno after a short illness. She had suffered a broken pelvis earlier this year and had not recovered.
Vucanovich was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1982 representing northern Nevada’s Second Congressional District. She was 61 at the time of her election. She became friends with then-President Ronald Reagan. Vucanovich served 14 years, seven terms, in the U.S. House.
She was honored at a reception in Reno last summer and was photographed flanked by two successors to the Second Congressional seat–current Congressman Mark Amodei and now-Senator Dean Heller.
She was the mother of five. Her husband, George Vucanovich, died in 1998. Vucanovich was born in New Jersey, attended schools in Albany, New York and New York City and later joined the staff of Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt.