Eva Clayton

Eva Clayton, former Congresswoman of the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina and currently the Assistant Director-General and Special Advisor to the Director-General on World Food Summit Follow-up for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: From the beginning of her public career as a member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners to her history-making election as the first woman and the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Congress from North Carolina, Mrs. Clayton has sought to improve the lives of the state's citizens. Elected President of her Democrat Freshman Class, Mrs. Clayton was the first woman ever to hold the office. Her many achievements are the result of her service on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Budget Committee. She has been an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus and is past Chair of its Foundation. She retired from Congress in 2002. A native of Savannah, she earned a baccalaureate degree from the Johnson C. Smith University and a master's Degree from North Carolina Central University.