Richard Riley (1993–2001) - Secretary of Education [cite this] ↑Bill Clinton Home Page Richard Riley served as secretary of education throughout all eight years of the Clinton presidency (1993-2001). Riley was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1933 and earned his undergraduate degree from Furman University in 1954. After serving aboard a U.S. Navy minesweeper, Riley enrolled in the University of South Carolina Law School and earned his law degree in 1959; the following year, he was as a special assistant to a Senate judiciary subcommittee. Riley gained much of his political experience in state elections. He served as a South Carolina state representative from 1963 to 1966 and as a state senator from 1967 to 1977. He also served two terms as governor of South Carolina (1979-1987). After leaving the governor's office, Riley worked as a partner in the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough until he joined he Clinton cabinet in 1993. Bill Clinton Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Bill Clinton Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!