|National Security Advisor|
|July 1, 2013-Present|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||June 15, 2013|
|Appointed||July 1, 2013|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
|Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs|
|High school||National Cathedral School|
|Ph.D.||New College, Oxford University|
|Birthday||November 17, 1964|
|Place of birth||Washington, D.C.|
Rice's political career began with the National Security Council under President Clinton in 1993. She also spent time as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs before being appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Rice was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she was exposed to political ideas throughout her childhood. Her father, Emmett Rice, was an economics professor at Cornell University, as well as a governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her mother, Lois Dickson Fitt, researched education policy and was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Her mother also served on the school board of Rice's school, the National Cathedral School, with Madeleine Albright, whom Rice credits as an influence on her personal and professional life. Rice attended Stanford University and continued her education at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning her Master's degree and Ph.D. in international relations.
- 1986: Graduated from Stanford University
- 1990: Earned Ph.D. from New College, Oxford University
- 1990-1993: International Management Consultant for McKinsey & Company
- 1993-1995: Director of International Organizations and Peacekeeping for the National Security Council
- 1995-1997: Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs for the National Security Council
- 1997-2001: United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
- 2002-2009: Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
- 2007-2008: Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs on the Obama Change for America Campaign
- 2009-2013: United States Ambassador to the United Nations
- 2013-Present: National Security Advisor
On October 15, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed responsibility for the security of the diplomatic mission to Libya that was attacked on September 11, 2012. The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. A State Department employee, Eric Nordstrom, claimed at a congressional hearing on October 11, that his request for more security to be present in Libya was denied by his superiors prior to the attack. Clinton was also under fire because of the initial classification of the attack by Rice as a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video instead of a planned terrorist attack. On December 19, the State Department announced the forced leave of four officials after an independent report was produced suggesting the officials "showed a lack of ownership of Benghazi's security issues." Clinton was summoned before congressional committees on January 23 to testify on her knowledge of the attack. During the heated testimony, Clinton said of the requests for more security, "I didn't see those requests. They didn't come to me." Rice was a leading candidate to be nominated to succeed Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State, but it wasn't believed she would pass through confirmation due to her misrepresentation of the Benghazi attacks. She withdrew from consideration in December 2012.
On August 20, 2013, the State Department announced the reassignment of the four officials placed on leave. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) responded by stating, "Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll." Following the conclusion of a State Department investigation into Benghazi on September 16, Issa was not satisfied with the findings and stated, "We can certainly have Mrs. Clinton back; our view is that we need to get to the facts."
In January 2014, Clinton called the attack her biggest regret. She said, "It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans -- two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two C.I.A. operatives. You make these choices based on imperfect information. But that doesn't mean that there's not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns."
On May 2, 2014, newly released documents from the White House led Issa to accuse the president of withholding the documents about the talking points used by Rice, stating, "It’s disturbing, and perhaps criminal, that these documents were kept from the public. It comes in a week in which the American people have learned that you cannot believe what the White House says…and you cannot believe what the president says." The document, an email from deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes went to, among others in the administration, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The email was meant to prep Rice for a media appearance, urging her "To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy," as well as instructing her "to reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges." Carney disputed that the statements originated with the administration, claiming, "The only thing that refers to Benghazi is a cut-and-paste which, much to your disappointment and your boss’ disappointment, turned out to be produced by the CIA."
Republican members of Congress fired back in response to Carney's dismissal of the email. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) stated, "[T]his White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to mislead, obstruct, and obscure what actually took place…this White House been callously dismissive of our efforts to get answers." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also spoke out about Carney, saying, "He has destroyed his own reputation by that statement that clearly was the talking points, which had nothing to do but Benghazi, saying it had nothing to do with Benghazi. That, to me, is an all-time low for a presidential spokesperson."
On May 8, 2014, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was chosen to lead a special committee investigating the attack in Benghazi and the administration's actions regarding the attack. The committee will be made up of seven republicans and five democrats. When asked if the State Department would comply with the committee's requests, Kerry stated, "We’ll respond because we have absolutely nothing to hide whatsoever and I look forward to complying with whatever responsibilities we have."
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rice's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $27,671,213.00 and $50,623,011.00. That averages to $39,147,112.00, which ranks 5th among executive branch members.
Rice is married to television producer Ian Cameron, with whom she has two children.
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- NBC News, "Obama appoints Susan Rice as national security advisor," June 5, 2013
- Foreign Policy, "Susan Rice Finally Has Her Perfect Job: Head-Knocker in Chief," July 1, 2013
- Biography.com, "Susan Rice biography," accessed June 13, 2013
- U.S. Department of State, "Susan E. Rice biography," accessed June 13, 2013
- CNN, "Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security," October 16, 2012
- CNN, "U.S. official says superiors worked against effort to boost Benghazi," October 11, 2012
- New York Times, "4 Are Out at State Dept. After Scathing Report on Benghazi Attack," December 19, 2012
- CNN, "Clinton takes on Benghazi critics, warns of more security threats," January 24, 2012
- CNN, "Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as secretary of state," December 13, 2013
- Huffington Post, "State Department Officials Reassigned After Leave Related To Benghazi Attacks," August 20, 2013
- Politico, "Darrell Issa: I can call Hillary Clinton back," September 18, 2013
- Political Wire, "Clinton Calls Benghazi Attack Her Biggest Regret," accessed January 28, 2014
- Politico, "Benghazi returns to the spotlight," May 1, 2014
- Politico, "Charles Krauthammer on Benghazi emails," April 30, 2014
- Politico, "John McCain: Jay Carney at an 'all-time low'," May 5, 2014
- Roll Call, "Republicans’ Benghazi Panel Appointments Likely Friday," May 8, 2014
- Politico, "John Kerry: I’ll comply with House GOP’s Benghazi request," May 6, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Democrats appoint 5 members to Benghazi select committee," May 21, 2014
- Talking Points Memo, "These 7 Republicans Will Serve On The Benghazi Select Committee," May 9, 2014
- OpenSecrets, "Susan Rice, 2011" accessed June 13, 2013
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