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Ellen McConnell Blakeman, Senate 1972

Ellen BlakemanEllen McConnell Blakeman, Senate, 1972, was sponsored by Sen. Charles Percy (R., Ill.). After Page service she earned a B.S. Communications from the University of Illinois, then went on to a career in public relations. Her work at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations in Chicago included business-to-business, consumer, government and healthcare clients.

In the public service sector, i.e. “PR without the paycheck,” Ellen served two terms on a PreK – 8 elementary school board and extended terms on the boards of two daycare facilities.

She is now a freelance writer.