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Margaret Heckler
19th United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
January 30, 1986 – August 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Kane
Succeeded by Richard Moore
15th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
March 9, 1983 – December 13, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Richard Schweiker
Succeeded by Otis Bowen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Joseph Martin
Succeeded by Gerry Studds
Member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council
from the 2nd district
In office
Governor Endicott Peabody
John Volpe
Preceded by Abraham Kahalas
Succeeded by John Craven
Personal details
Margaret Mary O'Shaughnessy

(1931-06-21)June 21, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 6, 2018(2018-08-06) (aged 87)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Albertus Magnus College
Boston College

Margaret Mary Heckler (June 21, 1931 – August 6, 2018) was an American Republican politician from Massachusetts.

She served in the United States House of Representatives for eight terms, from 1967 until 1983 and was later the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Ambassador to Ireland under President Ronald Reagan. After her defeat in 1982, no woman would be elected to Congress from Massachusetts until Niki Tsongas in a special election in 2007.

Heckler died at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia from a heart attack on August 6, 2018 at the age of 87.

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