Margaret Mary Heckler, a former Republican representative serving Massachusetts, died Monday at the age of 87, in Virginia.
She was in office representing the then-10th district from 1967 to 1983. She was also the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary and ambassador to Ireland during the Reagan administration.
Former Congressman Jim Shannon recalled Heckler was "remarkable," as she beat the incumbent in the primary before winning the seat in 1966.
"She was no shrinking violet, she was out there willing to go out there to scrap to advance her political career certainly, but she brought that same quality I think to the representation of the district," he said.
According to The Boston Globe, she was the first Massachusetts woman elected to Congress who did not succeed her husband.
This article was originally published on August 07, 2018.