Entries in Secretary of State (4)


Happy Birthday Hillary! Secretary of State Clinton Turns 65

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has been many things in her life: first lady, senator, presidential candidate, and now secretary of state. Now as the high-achieving Secretary Clinton turns 65 Friday, ABC News takes a look back at her long and accomplished career.

Hillary Rodham was born to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham on Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago. She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met her future husband, Bill Clinton.

Upon graduation, she moved to Arkansas in 1974, and married Bill Clinton in 1975. While in Arkansas, Clinton worked as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and later worked at the Rose law firm, where she became the firm’s first female partner, a first in a long list of accomplishments that would crack a glass ceiling for women everywhere.

She served as first lady of Arkansas for 12 years after her husband was elected governor there and became first lady of the United States after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992. During her tenure as U.S. first lady, Clinton worked to improve the country’s health care system, and became the most traveled first lady in American history, voyaging across the globe to advocate for both women’s rights and human rights, arguing that two issues were one in the same.

During this time, Clinton also worked with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to found the Vital Voices Democracy initiative, an organization that, according to its website, works to “identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential. …”  

Clinton’s extensive political activity during her time as first lady set the stage for a historic 2000 Senate run, which resulted in her becoming not only the first U.S. first lady elected to the U.S. Senate but also the first female senator to represent the state of New York.

In 2007, Clinton launched a bid to become president of the United States, which had she succeeded, would have made her the first female U.S. president. She ceded the nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning extensively for him. He made her secretary of state in 2008, a position she holds today.

Clinton is the first former first lady to serve in a president’s cabinet, and remains the most traveled secretary of state for her time in office.

While Clinton has announced her intention to retire from government at the end of President Obama’s term, some speculate she might be doing so to prepare for a second run at the presidency. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Hillary Clinton to Break Record Held by Madeleine Albright

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touches down in Latvia Thursday, she will hit a milestone, having traveled to a staggering 100 countries in less than four years. Clinton will become the most-traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

The previous record holder was Madeleine Albright, who visited 96 countries when she was the nation’s top diplomat from 1997 to 2001.  Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, visited 85 countries in four years.

Besides Lativia’s being the 100th country Secretary Clinton has visited, it will also be the first time a secretary of state has visited the tiny Eastern European country in nearly 20 years.  A senior State Department official called Clinton’s industrious travel “a testament to the enormous activity that she has put into her job.”

And she’s not done yet. Clinton still has six more months before she says she will depart her post.

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Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger Passes Away

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger died on Saturday. He was 80.

Details about Eagleburger’s death were not immediately available, however, on Saturday several political figures expressed their condolences to Eagleburger’s family over the loss of the former statesman.

"With the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, our nation has lost a distinguished diplomat and public servant," President Obama said in a statement. "Through more than four decades of service, first in the Army and then as a dedicated foreign service officer and statesman, Lawrence Eagleburger devoted his life to the security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with allies and partners."

Eagleburger served as Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush, with the nation’s 41st president describing Eagleburger as being the "real deal."

"Larry Eagleburger was one of the most capable and respected diplomats our foreign service ever produced, and I will be ever grateful for his wise, no-nonsense counsel during those four years of historic change in our world," Bush said in a statement.

Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued a statement Saturday, describing Eagleburger as someone who believed in the strength of America’s values.

"Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger was a strong voice and stalwart champion for America’s values," Clinton said. "His passing is America’s loss."

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Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher died Friday night in Los Angeles at the age of 85.

Christopher served under President Bill Clinton for four years. He is also remembered for negotiating during the Iran hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter, for which he won the Medal of Freedom in 1981.

The Scranton, North Dakota, native served in the Navy during World War II before graduating from the University of Southern California and later the Stanford Law School.

Christopher had been suffering from kidney and bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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