Karen McCarthy ( born March 18, 1947 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, † October 5, 2010 in Overland Park, Kansas) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and a longtime member of the House of Representatives.
After attending East High School in Shawnee mission, she started in 1965 to study at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA ) from. In addition, she completed a post-graduate studies at the University of Missouri where she earned a Master of Arts (MA) in 1976 and worked as a teacher of English.
In 1977 she began her political career with the election of the member of the House of Representatives from Missouri and represented there until 1995, the interests of the Democratic Party. During this time she was in 1994 president of the National Conference of State Parliaments of the United States ( National Conference of State Legislatures ).
In addition to further studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, graduating in 1982, she completed another post-graduate studies in business administration at the University of Kansas and completed this study in 1986 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
In the congressional elections in 1994 she was elected as the successor of Alan Wheat member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was this as a representative of the Democrats for the 5th Congressional District of Missouri from 3 January 1995 to 3 January 2005. In the 2004 elections, they opted not to run again for the 109th U.S. Congress. Successor as congressman was the former mayor of Kansas City, Emanuel Cleaver.
The fashion magazine Harper 's Bazaar called them again next Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton as a possible candidate for the presidency.
Karen McCarthy died of complications from Alzheimer 's disease, in which she suffered since June 2009.