Janet Reno, first female U.S. attorney general, dies at 78

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, has died at age 78.

Her godddaugher, Gabrielle D’Alemberte, told the Associated Press that she died early Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general on March 12, 1993, under the administration of Bill Clinton. She served in the role until 2001.

“It’s an extraordinary experience, and I hope I do the women of America proud,” Reno said after she won confirmation. She was famed for telling reporters “I don’t do spin" and often told the public told the public “the buck stops with me.”

Born in 1938 in Miami, Reno gained a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1960 before attending Harvard Law School.

Reno, who stood at more than 6 feet tall, said she wanted to become a lawyer “because I didn’t want people to tell me what to do.”

She served as prosecutor for Dade County, Fla., from 1978 to 1993.

Reno was criticized early in her tenure for the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas.

The standoff started before Reno was confirmed as attorney general — on Feb. 28, 1993, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms made a surprise raid on the compound, trying to execute a search warrant, but gunfire erupted, killing four agents and six members of the religious sect.

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