A co-conspirator, he became an early witness for the government, which helped lead to the indictment of the burglars and linked them with the White House.
In 1953, he represented defendants in the Baton Rouge bus boycott, a model for later activism, after returning from World War II as a wounded veteran of D-Day.
The dean of the state’s political press corps, he was well positioned to grill, vet and analyze a new crop of presidential candidates every four years.
Known for his ability to work across the aisle, he represented the Sacramento area from 1979 to 1999 and rose to become chairman of the House Democratic caucus.
She nearly unseated Senator Arlen Specter after his aggressive grilling of Ms. Hill during Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
He designed the “Grand Bargain,” an ambitious plan for Mexican immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S., but it collapsed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
A two-term Minnesota conservative, he backed efforts to overturn the election of Joseph Biden as president on spurious grounds of voter fraud.
She had to quit the foreign service to marry. But she was reinstated 16 years later, when female employees challenged the department’s sexist traditions, and she thrived.
A California Democrat who for a time served as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, he dedicated himself to fighting poverty.
She went before the U.S. Supreme Court at 26 with almost no legal experience and won one of the most consequential cases in American history.