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JENNIFER DUNN, 66 Former congresswoman

Former Rep. Jennifer Dunn, who became the most powerful Republican woman in Washington state history during six terms representing Seattle's east-side suburbs, died Wednesday at her Virginia home after developing a blood clot, her family said in a statement.

Dunn, a favorite of both Bush White Houses, was Washington state's ranking Republican in Congress when she retired in 2004. She told the Associated Press at the time that she was pursuing a new career as a policy adviser and planned to enjoy time with her new husband and baby granddaughter.

Dunn was known for her work on tax issues, promoting female-owned businesses and sponsoring the Amber Alert bill for finding missing children.

She was the first woman to chair the Washington state Republican Party, the first freshman woman in the House Republican leadership and the highest-ranking Republican woman in the GOP leadership as vice chairman of the Republican Conference.

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