175 Makers of History: Katherine Anne Castor

Katherine Anne Castor 88C
Congresswoman

Katherine Anne Castor

Katherine Anne Castor was elected in 2006 to the House of Representatives from Florida's 11th Congressional district, becoming the first woman to represent her district in the U.S. Congress. An associate with Tampa-based Broad and Cassel, which specializes in land use and environmental law, Castor was reelected in 2008 and 2010.

After graduating from Emory, Castor worked for the Democratic National Convention and earned a JD at Florida State University. Her first professional position was as assistant general counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Before her election to Congress, Castor served as a Hillsborough County Commissioner and chair of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission.