Jeanette (Fichman) Reibman


Jeanette (Fichman) Reibman



Jeanette (Fichman) Reibman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on August 18, 1915. After graduating from North Side High School she enrolled at Hunter College in New York City. In 1937, she received her A.B. degree in Political Science, with minors in English and Economics. She then returned to her home state and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where she received her L.L.B degree in 1940.

Reibman's legal career began in Washington, D.C., where she accepted a position as an attorney for the War Department and U.S. War Production Board and Tax Amortization. In 1943, she married attorney Nathan L. Reibman and moved to the Easton, Pennsylvania, area to raise a family. Active in her local community for the next 10 years, she entered the world of state politics when she ran for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1954. She won the election, only to be defeated for reelection in 1956. Undaunted, she ran again and won in 1958. She went on to serve continuously until 1966, at which time she became the first woman to be elected to the State Senate in Pennsylvania. She was reelected seven times, ultimately retiring in 1994.

Reibman was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Alumni Fellows in 1993. Jeanette F. Reibman died on March 11, 2006, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


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