Lynda Johnson Robb
Born into a family of public servants who played a major role in our nation’s history, Lynda Johnson Robb is the first child of our late President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Claudia Taylor Johnson, known affectionately as “Lady Bird.” Since her arrival on March 19, 1944, Lynda has carried on her family legacy with fervor and grace.
Educated in public and private schools in Texas and Washington, D.C., she studied history at George Washington University and at the University of Texas where she graduated with honors in 1966. During her college career she was elected to Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Freshman Honor Society, and was selected for additional scholastic honors societies in the fields of history, government, and the classics. She holds honorary degrees from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
In December of 1967 Lynda married then Marine Captain Charles S. “Chuck” Robb. They are the proud parents of three grown daughters, Lucinda, Catherine, and Jennifer, and have two wonderful granddaughters, Madeline and Eleanor.
Lynda began her professional life on the staff of McCall’s Magazine and later became a contributing editor at Ladies’ Home Journal. She put that career on hold in 1981 to work with her husband, Lieutenant Governor Chuck Robb, on his successful campaign for the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As First Lady of Virginia she launched and chaired the Virginia Women’s Cultural History Project, a statewide undertaking to research and document the history and contributions of the women of Virginia. In 1979 she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee for Women, a position she held until 1981. She also chaired the Virginia Task Force on Infant Mortality. Created by her husband as Governor, the task force, under her leadership, solicited proposals and awarded grants to several educational, community, and governmental organizations across Virginia for the development of a Resource Mothers Program in areas around the state where infant mortality rates were high. In recognition of those efforts, she received a Congressional appointment to serve as a commissioner on the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality.
Lynda is currently President of the National Home Library Foundation; Chair Emerita of Reading Is Fundamental; and a member of the board of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center. She lives in Virginia with her husband former Virginia Governor and former United States Senator Charles Robb.