Janet Wood Reno (born July 21, 1938), served as the Attorney General of the United States, from 1993 to 2001. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11, 1993. She was the first female Attorney General and the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt.
Reno was born in Miami, Florida to Henry Olaf Reno (original surname Rasmussen), an emigrant from Denmark, who, for 43 years was a police reporter for the Miami Herald. Jane Wallace (née Wood), Reno's mother, raised her children and then became an investigative reporter for the Miami News. Janet Reno has three younger siblings: Mark, Robert (a writer; 1939-2012), and Mrs. Maggy Hurchalla.
Reno attended public school in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where she was a debating champion and was valedictorian at Coral Gables High School. In 1956, Reno enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she majored in chemistry, became president of the Women's Self-Government Association, and earned her room and board. After Cornell she enrolled at Harvard University Law School, graduating in 1963. From 1963 to 1971 Reno worked as a lawyer for two Miami law firms. She