Roberta “Bobbi” Fiedler felt driven by the Holocaust to oppose government regulation of citizens’ lives, leading her to a career as a Republican congresswoman. Fiedler’s political awakening came in 1976, when Los Angeles announced plans to desegregate schools by busing students to other districts, eliminating parents’ choices about their children’s education. She organized a group called BUSTOP and won a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education, quickly overturning the busing initiative. In 1980 she ran for Congress and won, defeating the ten-term Democratic incumbent, James C. Corman, by a narrow margin. She earned a reputation in Congress as a spirited conservative who agreed with Republican leadership on spending cuts and smaller government but also supported abortion rights, tax credits for childcare, and the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1984 she was asked to make the seconding speech for Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention, for which she wrote her own, glowing remarks. In 1987 Fiedler left Congress to pursue a seat in the Senate, but lost on the primary ballot. She withdrew from politics, becoming a consultant and political commentator, assisting George H.W. Bush in his presidential campaign and advising Donald Trump.
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