From 1987 until 2003 Ms. Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families as well as a promoter of economic growth through science and technology. She led the effort to require that women are included in NIH-supported clinical research, opening the door to major discoveries and treatments.
Before her election to the U.S. Congress, Ambassador Morella served in the Maryland General Assembly for eight years. Prior to elective office, she was Professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and a master’s degree in public affairs from American University.
In 2008 Ms. Morella was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics. Since 2009 she has been Ambassador in Residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs, Women and Politics Institute.
Her numerous awards and recognitions include induction into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, and public service awards from the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association. The Republic of Italy awarded her the Medal of the Legion of Merit, she was awarded the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and was conferred with Imperial Decorations by the Japanese government.