SARA GEAR BOYD, 67
Sara Gear Boyd, a former Republican leader in the Vermont Legislature and secretary of the Republican National Committee, has died. She was 67.
Ms. Gear Boyd died Tuesday of cancer, her family said.
The Burlington native and University of Vermont graduate rose to prominence at a time when her home city was moving to the left and had elected socialist Bernie Sanders as mayor.
Ms. Gear Boyd was elected to the Vermont House in 1984, serving from 1985 to 1992, the last four years as majority leader. She later served in the Vermont Senate, and her fellow Republicans elected her leader there as well, making her the first woman in the country to serve as majority leader in both houses of a state legislature, according to a state party biography.
Ms. Gear Boyd joined the Republican National Committee in 1992 and held several leadership roles in that organization. In 2003, President Bush appointed her commissioner of the White House Fellows.