Jane Eskind

Jane Greenebaum Eskind (May 18, 1933 – August 4, 2016) was an American activist and politician from the state of Tennessee. She served on the Tennessee Public Service Commission, becoming the first woman to win an election to a statewide office in Tennessee.

Early life and career

Eskind was born on May 18, 1933, in Louisville, Kentucky to Samuel "Bud" and Doni Greenebaum.[1] She graduated from Atherton High School, and then attended Brandeis University before graduating from the University of Louisville. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1956.[2][3]

From 1964 to 1969, Eskind worked as a lobbyist for the Tennessee chapter of the League of Women Voters.[4] She left the league to join the Democratic Party over what she saw as a limitation of the league's nonpartisan strategy.[1] Eskind joined the Democratic Women's Club. She served as a representative of Tennessee on the Democratic National Platform Committee in 1972 and 1976, and was elected to the Democratic State Executive Committee in 1974.[4]

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