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Samuel W. Bodman (2005–2009) - Secretary of Energy

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Samuel Wright Bodman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 26, 1938. He received a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1961 from Cornell University and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)in 1965.

Bodman then served as an associate professor of chemical engineering at MIT. At the same time, he entered the financial sector and served as technical director of the American Research and Development Corporation. In 1970, he went to Fidelity Venture Associates, an offshoot of Fidelity Investments. In 1983, he was named President and chief operating officer of Fidelity. Bodman moved to Cabot Corporation in 1987 and became the company's chief executive officer the next year. Bodman has served in various roles during the administration of George W. Bush. First, he served as deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce from 2001 to 2004, during which time he focused on the operations in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Patent and Trademark Office. He then served as deputy secretary of the Treasury Department, focusing on stopping the flow of money from reaching terrorists. Bodman became the eleventh secretary of Energy on February 1, 2005, after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

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Consulting Editor

Gary L. Gregg II 

Professor Gregg is the director of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. He also holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in leadership. His writings include: 

Considering the Bush Presidency. (with Mark J. Rozell, Oxford University Press, 2004)

Thinking about the Presidency: Documents and Essays from the Founding to the Present. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)

Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College (2nd ed.). (ISI Books, 2008)

America's Forgotten Founders (2nd ed.). (with Mark D. Hall, ISI Books, 2012)

The consulting editor wishes to thank Connor Tracy and Travis Wilson for serving as research assistants on this project.