Jan. 23, 1997: Madeleine Albright Becomes U.S. Secretary of State
On this day in 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed by the U.S Senate in a 99-0 vote and took office as the first female Secretary of State, under President Bill Clinton.
Photo: 1997 official photo of Madeleine Albright, 64th Secretary of State (U.S. Department of State).
About the Author: John Kerry serves as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.
A day of milestones — here at what I’m learning now to call “the Mothership,” they tell me this is the 5,000th blog entry on this page, and it’s the first of what I hope will be many opportunities to share thoughts and occasional observations on the challenges ahead.
It’s also another day of “firsts” — the first opportunity to walk through the front doors of the Harry S Truman Building as Secretary of State
In more ways than one, it’s a homecoming — and proof that the American author who said, “You can’t go home again,” wasn’t right about everything.
Last week, as I left the Senate, I said that institution was “in my soul,” and it always will be, but I’m very proud that in many ways the Foreign Service is “in my genes” — a personal connection passed on by my father, Richard.
His travels gave me and my siblings an up close-and-personal… more »