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    Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Madeleine K. Albright
    Secretary of State

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    Background from The Post

    The first woman secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the federal government to date, Madeleine Albright brought a fresh, outspoken approach to foreign policy in the second Clinton Cabinet. Albright has been the administration's bridge-builder with the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, conservative North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms. Personally, Albright's appointment led to discoveries about her family's heritage and to revelations about the deaths of more than a dozen Jewish relatives in the Holocaust.

    Sworn in: Jan. 23, 1997 (nominated Dec. 5, 1996)

    Succeeded: Warren Christopher (1993-1996)

    Previous occupation: U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, 1993-96; president of the Center for National Policy, a nonprofit research organization; research professor of international affairs and director of Women in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian, 1981-82; senior fellow in Soviet and Eastern European affairs, Center for Strategic and International Studies; staff member on the National Security Council and the White House, where she was responsible for foreign policy legislation, 1978-81; chief legislative assistant to former senator Edmund S. Muskie, 1976-78.

    Education: Wellesley College (B.A., political science); School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; certificate from the Russian Institute at Columbia University; Columbia University (M.A. and Ph.D., Department of Public Law and Government)

    Hometown: born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

    Children: Three daughters

    Religion: raised Roman Catholic, now Episcopalian

    Of note: Fluent in French and Czech, with good speaking and reading abilities in Russian and Polish.

    Department of State
    2201 C St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20520
    (202) 647-4000
    FAX: (202) 647-5939

    Background from The Post

    'Impressed' Albright Gets a Taste of the New Mongolia
    May 3, 1998
    Albright, Pope Discuss Cuba, Eastern Europe
    March 8, 1998
    Students Receive Albright Politely
    Feb. 20, 1998
    A Favored Clinton Format Is Turned Against His Team
    Feb. 19, 1998
    Top Advisers Shouted Down At 'Town Meeting' on Iraq
    Feb. 19, 1998
    Albright Lectures Netanyahu, Arafat
    Feb. 2, 1998
    Albright's MomentColumn
    Feb. 1, 1998
    Albright Offers Upbeat Assessment of U.S. Foreign Policy in 1997
    Jan. 14, 1998
    Albright Reshapes Role of Nation's Top Diplomat
    June 15, 1997
    Plain-Talking Albright Campaigns for Foreign Policy
    April 21, 1997
    State Dept. Seeks Gains For Women
    March 25, 1997
    Albright Approach: Upfront, Personal
    Feb. 24, 1997
    Out Of The Past
    Feb. 9, 1997
    Albright's Family Tragedy Comes to Light
    Feb. 4, 1997
    Albright to 'Tell It Like It Is' on Human Rights
    Jan. 25, 1997
    New Secretary of State Goes Right to Work
    Jan. 24, 1997
    With Albright, Clinton Accepts New U.S. Role
    Dec. 8, 1996
    Albright's Personal Odyssey Shaped Foreign Policy Beliefs
    Dec. 6, 1996

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