Secretaries of State Since WWII

This section gives information on each Secretary of State since World War II.  In addition to brief text and references, video clips on several are also included.



Hillary Rodham Clinton -- 2009-present

Following almost four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady of Arkansas and the United States, and senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the Obama administration's Secretary of State on February 2, 2009. A graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, as First Lady, Secretary Clinton worked on health care reform and numerous issues relating to children and families and to women’s rights and traveled to more than 80 countries representing the United States. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and reelected in 2006, representing New York. Upon assuming the helm at State, Secretary Clinton announced plans to increase resources devoted to diplomacy and foreign assistance and expand the size of the Foreign Service and its representation abroad. Secretary Clinton cited "defense, diplomacy, and development" as the three legs to the stool of American foreign policy.She also outlined a foreign policy based on"principles and pragmatism" and the use of "smart power," applying the diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal, and cultural tools appropriate to each situation.


  • U.S. Department of State, Biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, 
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham. It Takes A Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Living History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.