2009 Humanitarian Leadership
Anna Belle Clement O'Brien
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander
Governor Ned McWherter
Monday, April 6th, 2009
Tennessee State Museum
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
$100 per person
CLICK HERE to make your reservation(s) with a credit card.
Checks can be made payable to "Clement Museum" and mailed to
Bob Clement & Associates,
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Nashville, TN 37203
For questions or further event information, please contact Allison McDowell at (615)
491 -1383 or email RSVP@clementrailroadmuseum.org.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Clement Railroad Museum, opening June 2009 in Dickson,
Tennessee in the historic Halbrook Hotel.
Annabelle Clement O'Brien
She was Tennessee's first Madame Chairman - Tennessee's first elected woman who not only held office, but wielded political power as the first female chairman of three Senate committees from 1977 to 1991. At a time when there were few powerful women leaders in politics or business, "Lady O'Brien" showed us with grace and style that a woman can be an influential leader.
Here are just a few of her many accomplishments:
- She was chairman of the Senate Education Transportation committees, as well as the Democratic Caucus for the Tennessee legislature.
- She helped force insurance companies to pay for mammograms. It was not a covered benefit until she led efforts to change the law.
- She is credited with helping pass the law enabling people to write "living wills" - to instruct doctors on whether they want extreme medical methods to be utilized to be kept alive.
- She was first elected to 89th General Assembly, serving 1975-77.
- She served in the Senate from 1977-1991.
- She worked as an administrative official for Governors Frank G. Clement and Buford Ellington.