Elaine Lipka's history-making role

March 20, 2022
Elaine Xydis Lipka

Few people can say that they truly made a big difference in history; a difference that absolutely changed the way that history unfolded. A difference that will forever be prominently amid the history books. But Elaine Xydis Lipka can say that. She made a massive difference to the presidential history of the United States of America, and yet hardly anyone knows who she is or what she contributed.

In the 1990s, as the rest of the world watched with intrigue, Lipka made pivotal moves in the case against and inevitable prosecution of then-President Bill Clinton. She was a member of a special FBI team that worked under Special Prosecutor Ken Starr as he investigated Clinton's relationship with then-intern Monica Lewinksy. Elaine Lipka was the first FBI agent to review the comprehensive, quite extensive tapes of conversations between Lewinsky and Linda Tripp. Those 22 tapes and Lipka's work to analyze them led to the prosecution and eventual impeachment of President Clinton.

Even if not many people know or understand how crucial Lipka's work was toward making this happen with the 42nd President of the United States, she is undoubtedly a difference maker and significant contributor toward the outcome. That outcome will live throughout history.

FBI Special Agent Elaine Lipka

September 26, 2021
Elaine Xydis Lipka

Hard work and dedication. It’s often a cliche, and people apply it consistently toward the progression of goals. But for Elaine Lipka, it’s entirely accurate for how she grew her career into as an esteemed member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Lipka has worked with the FBI as a special agent since the early 1990s. She’s worked in Washington, D.C., as well as from a field office located in Denver, Colorado. Her work with the FBI has ranged from writing extensive investigative reports and conducting surveillance to becoming part of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), training others, working with a team of agents for Special Events Management and significantly more.

But before Lipka could work on counterterrorism and investigations of national importance, she had to start somewhere. Lipka earned her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Delaware in 1984. She also minored in sociology at The Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she studied litigation management in 1985. This experience aided Elaine Xydis Lipka significantly as she worked at attorney’s offices and within litigation before moving into a role as a probation/parole officer for the United States out of its Philadelphia location. From 1989 to 1991, she worked with United States Courts. Also in 1991, Lipka graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. These moves were pivotal toward giving Lipka the necessary education, knowledge and expertise to become a valued member of the United States’ most vital crime prevention, investigation and prosecution organization.