At Last, a Full Cabinet

Janet Reno breezes to confirmation as the first female Attorney General

AFTER ZOE BAIRD AND KIMBA WOOD, NEITHER THE Clinton Administration nor its critics were in the mood for another imbroglio. So Dade County (Miami) prosecutor Janet Reno faced a Senate Judiciary Committee eager to accept her as the first woman Attorney General. She made the most of her opportunity. Reno opened with a folksy but appealing tribute to her parents and their stern self-reliance. Beyond declaring support for strong gun-control laws, she had little specific to say about policy. She stressed the need for social programs to keep children from turning to crime but also affirmed the necessity of punishment for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!