Skip to main content

Unsoeld, Jolene (1931—)

Unsoeld, Jolene (1931—)

U.S. congressional representative (January 3, 1989–January 3, 1995). Born Jolene Bishoprick on December 3, 1931, in Corvallis, Oregon; educated at primary schools in Shanghai, China, 1938–40, and public schools in Portland, Oregon; attended Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1949–51; married an educator.

Born in 1931 in Corvallis, Oregon, Jolene Unsoeld grew up in Oregon and the state of Washington but spent part of her childhood in Shanghai, China. With her husband, who was a mountain climber and educator, she lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 1962 to 1967. For two years during that time, she was director of the English Language Institute in Kathmandu.

Unsoeld's first experience in politics came in the 1970s and early 1980s, when, as a lobbyist in Olympia, Washington, she worked for campaign finance reform and environmental issues. From 1983 to 1988, she was a member of the Democratic National Committee, and meanwhile won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1984, where she served until 1989. During her tenure in the state legislature, Unsoeld was known for her position on environmental issues, including a successful campaign to put an initiative on the ballot that would set more stringent guidelines for the cleanup of toxic waste sites in the state.

In 1988, Unsoeld won the Democratic nomination for Congress from the 3rd Congressional District in Washington state, and narrowly beat her Republican opponent to win the seat, which she held from the 101st Congress through the 103rd. She served on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, the Committee on Education and Labor, and the Select Committee on Aging. After running unsuccessfully for reelection to the 104th Congress, Unsoeld retired to Olympia early in 1995.

sources:

Women in Congress, 1917–1990. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991.

Kelly Winters , freelance writer

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Unsoeld, Jolene (1931—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 23 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Unsoeld, Jolene (1931—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 23, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/unsoeld-jolene-1931

"Unsoeld, Jolene (1931—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved September 23, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/unsoeld-jolene-1931

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.