1998 American Woman Award
National Committee President and CEO Barbara B. Kennelly has spent 25 years in public service at local, state, and federal levels, including 17 years as a member of the U.S. Congress. A former ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security, Mrs. Kennelly was the first woman to serve as Chief Majority Whip and on the House Committee on Intelligence. She was also Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Throughout her career, Mrs. Kennelly has advocated for Social Security, Medicare, and other health and retirement issues. After leaving Congress, she served as Associate Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. She is a resident of Connecticut and is a mother of four children. She has nine grandchildren.