Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in honor of Hillary Clinton, whose confirmation to be Secretary of State was approved today by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
“I have known Hillary Clinton for many years, but for the past eight years, I have had the pleasure of working with her as a colleague in the United States Senate. Accomplished public servants on all points of the political spectrum agree that Senator Clinton is one of the brightest, most highly accomplished people in the United States.
“Born in the hometown of our President-elect – Chicago – Hillary Clinton graduated from Wellesley College where she was the first student in the school’s history to deliver her own commencement address. She then attended Yale Law School, where she met her future husband and our future President, Bill Clinton. After law school, she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund and served as a member of the Watergate inquiry staff in the House of Representatives.
“When the Clintons moved to Arkansas, Hillary was a successful attorney in private practice while serving as the state’s First Lady. We all know that she was a remarkable First Lady, leading the way on health care reform, helping create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as the Violence Against Women Act.
“We also know that she was not just a leader for domestic policy, but also became an admired and effective diplomat throughout the world, especially in her call for human rights.
“When Senator Clinton came to the Senate eight years ago, some expected her to have trouble fitting in. Those concerns quickly disappeared – she was a natural. She has proven in her time here to be exceptionally adept at the give-and-take of the legislative process.
“As a result, in just eight years, she has left an indelible mark, especially through her seats on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Special Committee on Aging and the Armed Services Committee.
“As with Senator Biden, the departure of Senator Clinton is bittersweet. She brought a wealth of knowledge, skill and wisdom here, and she will be sorely missed.
“But after the last eight years – with so much work ahead to repair our country’s once-lofty stature in the world, I can think of no one better suited for the challenges ahead than the junior Senator from New York, our next Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.”