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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Minnette Doderer, who led a 36-year political career that included many firsts for a woman in the state, died last night at the Oaknoll Retirement Community. She was 82.

The cause of death was not immediately released. The family was meeting Saturday afternoon to complete funeral arrangements.

Liberal in her views and direct in her politics, the Iowa City Democrat was the first woman nominated by a major party for lieutenant governor in 1970 and the first to be Senate president pro tempore, from 1975 to 1976.

She also was the first woman to serve in the Legislature from Johnson County.

She is in the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

"She was a passionate, dedicated and tough advocate for Iowa and for equality," Gov. Tom Vilsack said.

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Doderer first was elected to the Iowa House in 1964. She also served 10 years in the Iowa Senate.

She was unsuccessful in her pursuit to be lieutenant governor in 1970 and 1978. She returned to the House in 1980 after a two-year absence.

She retired in April 2000.

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