On this day in Alabama history: Condoleezza Rice became secretary of state

On this day in Alabama history: Condoleezza Rice became secretary of state
As President George W. Bush watches, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ceremoniously swears in Dr. Condoleezza Rice Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, as Secretary of State. Secretary Rice officially was sworn in Wednesday after her 85-13 Senate confirmation. (White House photo by Eric Draper, Wikipedia)

January 26, 2005

Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice became the first African-American woman to hold the position of secretary of state. Rice – who served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as a Soviet analyst and adviser on the National Security Council – was hired by George W. Bush to provide foreign policy advice during his presidential campaign and was appointed national security adviser after his election. In 2012, Rice became one of the first two women admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and, in 2013, was selected as a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

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