Shirley Hufstedler

American politician (1925-2016)

Shirley Mount Hufstedler (August 24, 1925 – March 30, 2016) was United States Secretary of Education under President Jimmy Carter. She was born in Denver, Colorado.

Shirley Hufstedler
United States Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler at Miami-Dade Community College 1980-02-07 (cropped).jpg
1st United States Secretary of Education
In office
November 30, 1979 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byPatricia Harris (Health, Education, and Welfare)
Succeeded byTerrel Bell
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
September 12, 1968 – December 5, 1979
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded bySeat established by 82 Stat. 184
Succeeded byRobert Boochever
Personal details
Shirley Ann Mount

(1925-08-24)August 24, 1925
Denver, Colorado
DiedMarch 30, 2016(2016-03-30) (aged 90)
Glendale, California
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of New Mexico (B.B.A.)
Stanford Law School (LL.B.)

In 1966, she was appointed Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal. President Lyndon Johnson appointed her Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1968. She served for eleven years before President Jimmy Carter appointed her U.S. Secretary of Education.

Hufstedler was considered to be a candidate for the Supreme Court if a vacancy had occurred under a Jimmy Carter Presidency.[1]

On March 30, 2016, Hufstedler died in Glendale, California from cerebrovascular disease at the age of 90.[2][3]


  1. Biskupic, Joan (2005). Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice. Ecco Press. pp. 71. ISBN 978-0-06-059018-5.
  2. Bloomberg Shirley Hufstedler, first US Education Secretary dies at 90
  3. "Shirley Hufstedler, Pioneering Judge and First Cabinet-Level Education Secretary, Is Dead at 90". The New York March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.