Frankel gets ready to play politics on a national stage


On Tuesday, new Democratic congresswoman Lois Frankel will hit a milestone as she makes her way to Capitol Hill.

Lois Frankel

Age: 64

Residence: West Palm Beach, (and after Tuesday, Washington, D.C.)

Family: Divorced, one son.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Boston University. Law degree, Georgetown University.

Political career: State representative, 1986-1992 and 1994-2002. House minority leader, 2000-2002. Mayor of West Palm Beach, 2003-2011. Unsuccessful candidate for Congress, 1992. Explored gubernatorial candidacy but opted not to run, 2002. Elected to U.S. House of Representatives, November 2012.

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Her bags are packed. She’s found an apartment on Craigslist, and the utilities just got hooked up. And Lois Frankel, a Floridian for four decades, has a new and toasty winter coat, hat and boots.

On Tuesday, 20 years after she first hoped to move to Washington, D.C., Frankel finally will be making that journey north. Two days later, she’ll reach the pinnacle of her political career as she steps onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, raises her right hand and takes the oath of office to become the newest member of Congress from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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