Mrs Morella was the first woman member of the Maryland state legislature to be elected to the US Congress, where she represented Maryland in the House of Representatives from 1987 until January 2003.
During that time she developed a national reputation as a leader in efforts to promote economic growth through science and technology, serving on the House Committee on Science. She was also a strong supporter of economic growth through free trade and a leading advocate for women, children and families.
Mrs Morella had previously worked as a professor of English at Montgomery College in Maryland. Ambassador Morella is married and has raised nine children, including her late sister’s six children.
©OECD Observer No 240/241, December 2003