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Hillary Rodham Clinton ’73 Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State

President-elect Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Senator and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ’73 to serve as America’s 67th secretary of state, succeeding Condoleezza Rice. Clinton’s nomination follows her closely contested race with Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. She has served as U.S. Senator for New York since 2001, following eight years as U.S. first lady during the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton ’73. She previously served as partner in the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Clinton will assume her duties in January. She will be the first Yale Law School graduate to serve as secretary of state since Cyrus Vance ’42, who served under President Carter in the late 1970s.

“Senator Clinton has deep foreign policy understanding, universal name recognition, and a profound commitment to restoring the United States’ reputation in the world for respect for human rights and the rule of law. It is most fitting that she will be the first Yale Law School graduate to serve as Secretary of State since Cyrus Vance,” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh.