Christine Todd Whitman was the first female governor of New Jersey, from 1994 to 2001. She served as served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003. Here she answers questions from Todays Mama.
1. Why politics/government?
My parents were very involved in our community and in politics, and they taught me that it was important to serve, to give back in one’s community. It was only natural that I would strive to serve when the opportunities presented themselves.
2. What is one piece of advice you’ve found useful on your way to where you are now?
“Never be afraid to ask questions.”
3. What is your favorite quote or motto?
“Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness.”
4. What was one thing your mother, father or parents did (or didn’t) do that you are grateful for?
My parents modeled for me a very healthy partnership in marriage and my mother showed me what it meant to be a strong and successful woman. In an age where “partnership” in marriage was not the norm, they demonstrated to me with their actions and their words that I could be anything I wanted to be.
5. What makes you laugh?
My two-year-old grandsons, Clayton and John.
6. What was your first job?
A staff member doing issue research of the Rockefeller for President Campaign.
7. What is one thing you would like to be remembered for?
For having done my best to serve my constituents in every office I held.
8. How do you deal with stress?
I try to leave it behind when I get home.
—Christine Todd Whitman