Lynn Schenk was a representative from California. She served as Deputy Attorney General in the California State Attorney General's
Office, Criminal Division for about a year before taking a position with San Diego Gas and Electric as an in-house lawyer.
In 1976, she left San Diego Gas and Electric when she was offered a position to be special assistant to Vice Presidents Nelson
A. Rockefeller and Walter F. Mondale. From 1977 to 1980, she served as Secretary of California's State Department of Business,
Transportation and Housing. In 1992, Schenk ran for Congress from California's 49th congressional district, which covers most
of San Diego. Schenk won becoming the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the San
Diego area and the first Democrat to represent the area in 40 years. After serving in Congress, Schenk held various positions
in the California state government during the tenure of California Governor Gray Davis. One of those positions included serving
as Chief of Staff from 1998 until Davis was recalled in 2003. The materials in this collection date from 1975-1985. Included
in the collection are speeches given by Schenk, press releases, pamphlets, meeting minutes, notes, schedules, briefings, correspondence,
reports, financial records, budgets, conference handouts, memos, and copies of assembly bills. Topics covered in the documents
pertain primarily to business, transportation, foreign relations, the economy, and housing issues in California.
Lynn Alice Schenk was born on January 5, 1945 in New York City, New York. She moved with her family to California at the age
of 14 where she attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation, Schenk attended Santa Monica College
before transferring to the University of Los Angeles. Schenk graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and entered
Law School at the University of San Diego. She graduated in 1970 with her Juris Doctor degree. Schenk went on to study international
law at the London School of Economics in London, England from 1970-1971.