- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2007

Brenda Kay Swygert, longtime executive assistant to U.S. Rep Charles B. Rangel, died May 5 at Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital in Baltimore after a long illness. She was 57.

“Brenda was a dear friend who was very close to my heart,” said Mr. Rangel, New York Democrat. “She was a person who no one had a bad word to say about. She was not only a consummate professional but a joy to everyone who came in contact with her. It’s an understatement to say she will be greatly missed.”

Born in Bellevue Hospital in New York City on April 24, 1950, Mrs. Swygert joined Mr. Rangel’s Washington office staff in February 1971, shortly after he was sworn in for his first term in office. She remained with him since, and resided in Columbia, Md.

It was in Mr. Rangel’s office that Mrs. Swygert met her husband, Kenneth Swygert, the late brother of H. Patrick Swygert, the congressman’s first administrative assistant who is president of Howard University.

Mrs. Swygert, who had a beautiful singing voice, sometimes entertained the congressman and his staff during office functions and while on congressional delegations overseas led by Mr. Rangel.

Mrs. Swygert is survived by her mother, Rowilla Young; a brother, Jesse Young; and a sister, Lorreta Jackson.

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