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Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton (Announced)
12.1.08, 03:08 PM CST
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Hillary Rodham Clinton is the junior Senator from New York, first elected in 2000 and reelected by a wide margin in 2006. She served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001. As a Democratic candidate for President in 2008, Ms. Clinton garnered more than 18 million votes but lost the nomination to Barack Obama in one of the closest primary battles in history.

Ms. Clinton was born in Illinois and attended Wellesley College and Yale Law School where she graduated in 1973. She married future President Bill Clinton in 1975, and became a partner at Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. Ms. Clinton served as First Lady of Arkansas when her husband served as Governor from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992. During the first term of her husband’s Presidency, Ms. Clinton was tapped to head a major health care proposal which ultimately failed to come to a vote in the U.S. Congress.

Ms. Clinton is widely acknowledged to be to the right of President-Elect Obama on matters of national security and foreign policy. Her presidential primary bid was hampered in part by her 2003 vote supporting the Iraq War Resolution, a measure that Barack Obama opposed as an Illinois State Senator at the time. Ms. Clinton was also the lone Democratic preisdential candidate to vote in favor of the Lieberman-Kyl amendment designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization (Senator Obama missed the vote) and she also criticized then Senator Obama for declaring his willingness to meet with the leaders of Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, and North Korea in the first year of his presidency without preconditions.

‹‹ Secretary of Treasury - Tim Geithner (Announced) Secretary of Defense - Robert Gates (Announced) ››