Bruce Babbitt

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Bruce Babbitt
47th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
January 22, 1993 – January 2, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byManuel Lujan
Succeeded byGale Norton
16th Governor of Arizona
In office
March 4, 1978 – January 6, 1987
Preceded byWesley Bolin
Succeeded byEvan Mecham
19th Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 6, 1975 – March 4, 1978
GovernorRaúl Castro
Wesley Bolin
Preceded byWarner Lee
Succeeded byJack LaSota
Personal details
Bruce Edward Babbitt

(1938-06-27) June 27, 1938 (age 85)
Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Hattie Coons
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BS)
Newcastle University (MS)
Harvard University (LLB)

Bruce Edward Babbitt (born June 27, 1938) is an American politician from the state of Arizona. A member of the Democratic Party, Babbitt served as the 16th governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987, and as the United States Secretary of the Interior from 1993 through 2001. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1988.

Babbitt was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, the son of Frances B. (Perry) and Paul James Babbitt, Sr.[1][2] He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.[3]

He married Harriet Coons (known as Hattie) in 1968. She has worked as an attorney in Arizona and Washington, D.C., and served as United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States from 1993 to 1997, and as Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration.[4]

In 1993, after Byron White retired from the Supreme Court, Babbitt was seen as a top pick for his replacement.[5][6] President Clinton picked Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Candidate's Father Dies in Flagstaff". AP NEWS.
  2. "Paul James Babbitt (1898 - 1988) - Find A Grave Memorial". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  3. Arizona Governor Bruce Edward Babbitt Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, National Governors Association.
  4. Harriet C. Babbitt-Jennings Strouss Attorneys at Law Archived January 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Friedman, Thomas L. "Latest Version of Supreme Court List: Babbitt in Lead, 2 Judges Close Behind." The New York Times 8 June 1993.
  6. Berke, Richard L. "2 Republicans Oppose Naming Babbitt to Court." The New York Times 9 June 1993.