Reva Beck Bosone
(1895 - 1983)
Ms. Bosone was born in 1895 in American Fork, Utah. Ms. Bosone is known for being Utah’s first female member of congress.
She began her law work by opening a law office with her second husband in 1931. After winning a case by defending two young men accused of attempted rape, she secured her seat in the Utah House of Representatives. In 1936 she ran for a city judgeship and became the first woman to be elected a judge in Utah. She served three terms and supported efforts to establish adult alcoholism and rehabilitation programs, as well as worked to raise the image of women in politics.
In 1948 Judge Bosone was elected to the U.S. Congress. She served two terms, running in 1950 against Ivy Baker Priest, who later became the U.S. Treasurer. While in Congress, Bosone became the first woman to serve on the Interior Committee. Continuing to be outspoken and energetic, she became involved in two major issues - reclamation projects and American Indian policy. After her years in politics, she became judicial officer of the Post Office, the highest ranking woman in that department, in 1960.
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