B.A. Rudolph began her career in public service in 1974, coordinating county organizations for then-candidate Bill Clinton’s unsuccessful race for Congress. From 1977 to 1978 she worked in various capacities on Clinton’s successful 1978 campaign for Governor. Defeated in 1980, Clinton called upon her again in 1981 to assist with campaign fundraising that culminated in his successful 1982 gubernatorial election.
She possesses intelligence, courage and creativity, and all of these qualities are tempered with a healthy dose of common sense. — President Bill Clinton
Rudolph also served as staff clerk to the Arkansas Senate Leadership as well as Administrative Assistant to Governor Clinton, where her portfolio included coordination of appointments to boards and commissions.
In 1983, Rudolph relocated to Washington, D.C., to serve as Director of Federal Relations for Beverly Enterprises. During the Clinton Administration, Rudolph served as Deputy Chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and Chief of Staff to U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Brady Anderson.
Rudolph was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Arkansas in 1978. She also studied at the Richmond College University of London and served as an intern with the British Parliament.
In addition to her professional career in public service, B.A. was a mentor, advocate, and friend to many individuals, especially to fellow Southerners, who migrated to the Beltway to make a difference. She would help get a foot in the door with a phone call, host a dinner to broaden a network, email a friend to arrange an informational interview. B.A. knew the value of a helping hand and wasn’t shy about giving anyone assistance. Through example, B.A. taught life lessons about caring for others with action and passion.
B.A. was an unforgettable personality, full of energy, humor, and an indomitable will to make things happen. To her goddaughters, B.A. was an intensity that was a part of our lives from the day we were born. We lost B.A. to cancer in late 2011, but her memory serves us every day.