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Claudine Schneider (born March 25, 1947) is a former Republican U.S. representative from Rhode Island. She was the first, and to date only, woman elected to Congress from Rhode Island.

Claudine Schneider
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byEdward Beard
Succeeded byJack Reed
Personal details
Claudine Cmarada

(1947-03-25) March 25, 1947 (age 72)
Clairton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationRosemont College
Windham College (BA)
University of Rhode Island


Life and careerEdit

Schneider was born Claudine Cmarada in Clairton, Pennsylvania. On her father's side, she is of Slovak descent.[1] Schneider attended parochial schools. She studied at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and Rosemont College (Pennsylvania). She obtained a B.A. degree from Windham College (Vermont) in 1969. She also attended the University of Rhode Island School of Community Planning.

She was the founder of the Rhode Island Committee on Energy in 1973, and was appointed executive director of the Conservation Law Foundation in 1974. She became Federal coordinator of Rhode Island Coastal Zone Management Program in 1978. She worked as a producer and host of a public affairs television program in Providence from 1978 to 1979.

Schneider was elected as a Republican to the 97th Congress and was re-elected to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1991 for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district.

She did not stand for re-election in 1990 to the 102nd Congress but was an unsuccessful nominee for the United States Senate in challenging incumbent Claiborne Pell.

After leaving Congress, she served as a member of the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

She is a resident of Boulder, Colorado, where she works as an independent consultant, specializing in environmental matters and ecological economics.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. legislators with Czech-Slovak roots Archived 2008-11-15 at the Wayback Machine at CZECHOSLOVAK SOCIETY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "Claudine Schneider". Retrieved August 12, 2008.