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Linda (Hall) Daschle

Linda (Hall) Daschle - Miss Kansas 1976

In her 30-year career, Linda Hall Daschle rose to become the second woman ever to be deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and the first woman to serve as FAA acting administrator. Her trailblazing achievements were recognized when she was presented the 2003 Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, and an aviation scholarship at South Dakota State University has been created in her name.

She has been consistently been ranked as one of the nation's most effective lobbyists by several respected Washington publications, such as the National Journal, Washingtonian and The Hill.

Ms. Daschle's in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of aviation has drawn some of the nation's largest airlines, airports and aviation manufacturers to rely on her as their representative in the nation's capital. She counts among her clients American Airlines, Boeing, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications.

As leader of Baker Donelson's Federal Public Policy practice group, she has expanded her practice areas to include homeland security, communications and surface transportation. Ms. Daschle regularly represents companies before both the executive and legislative branches. Clients also seek her help outside the public policy arena, looking for her advice to initiate business-to-business relationships and identify strategic partners for new ventures.
Professional Honors & Activities

Acting Administrator/Deputy Administrator – Federal Aviation Administration (1993-1997)

Senior Vice President – American Association of Airport Executives (1987-1993)

Director of Federal Affairs – Air Transport Association of America (1985-1987)

Director/Regional Director – Civil Aeronautics Board (1980-1984)

Director of Marketing – Mississippi Valley Airline (1980)

Director of Marketing – Royal-Air Limited (1978-1980)

Recipient – 2003 Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award

Kansas Hall of Aviation Fame Award

Professional Women Controllers Honorary Lifetime Member Award

Civil Aeronautics Board Special Achievement Award

American Association of Airport Executives Award of Appreciation

American Association of Airport Executives President's Award

Ranked in the top ten in Washingtonian magazine's list of the 50 top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. (2007)

Named by the Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington

Named by the National Journal as among the Leading Democratic Lobbyists

Associate Member – South Dakota State University Sigma Delta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Eta Rho

Member of the Board – National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Member – Ford's Theatre Society Board of Directors

Member – Aero Club of Washington


Kansas State University


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