Attorney General


* Born: Brooklyn, June 20, 1952.

* Education: BA, University of California at Berkeley, 1974; JD, Boalt Law School, University of California at Berkeley, 1977.

* Military service: None.

* Career: Law clerk, Federal District Judge Albert Wollenberg, Northern California, 1977-78; attorney-adviser, Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, 1979-80; associate counsel, White House, 1980-81; partner, O'Melveny & Myers, Washington, D.C., office, 1981-86; counsel, General Electric Co., 1986-90; senior vice president and general counsel, Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance, 1990 to present.

* Personal: Married to Paul Gewirtz; one son.

* Assessment: Baird is the first woman to become chief lawyer of a major US insurance company and now becomes the first female attorney general. Although she has never litigated a case, she has as much legal experience as many previous occupants of the office.

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