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William Cohen

William CohenAKA William Sebastian Cohen

Born: 28-Aug-1940
Birthplace: Bangor, ME

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Government
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of Defense, 1997-01

Former Republican Senator, one of the first Republicans to vote in favor of the impeachment of Richard M. Nixon, and one of only three Republicans to join with Democrats on the Iran-Contra report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was later appointed the 20th Secretary of Defense under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Father: Reuben Cohen ("Ruby", baker, Russian-Jewish)
Mother: Clara (Irish-Protestant, d. 12-May-2008)
Wife: Janet Langhart (BET television host, m. 1996)

    High School: Bangor High School (1958)
    University: AB Latin, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME (1962, cum laude)
    Law School: LLB, Boston University Law School (1965, cum laude)

    The Cohen Group Founder and CEO (2001-)
    US Secretary of Defense (1997-2001)
    US Senator, Maine (1979-97)
    US Congressman, Maine (1973-79)
    Mayor of Bangor, ME (1971-72)
    Member of the Board of American International Group (-2006)
    Member of the Board of The Cohen Group (as Chairman, 2001-)
    Member of the Board of CBS
    Member of the Board of Head NV
    Member of the Board of Viacom (2003-05)
    MIC Industries Chairman, Board of Advisors
    Thayer Capital Partners Board of Advisors
    Psi Upsilon Fraternity
    Atlantic Partnership Co-Chairman, USA
    Brookings Institution
    Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East
    Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Council on Foreign Relations Board of Directors (1989-97)
    Empower America
    Trilateral Commission
    US-China Business Council Board of Directors
    US-India Business Council Board of Directors
    Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service
    Hip Replacement Surgery
    Wedding: John McCain and Cindy Hensley (1980) Best Man
    Wedding: William Cohen and Janet Langhart (1996)

Author of books:
Of Sons and Seasons (1978, poetry)
Roll Call (1981)
Getting the Most Out of Washington (1982, nonfiction)
The Double Man (1985, novel, with Gary Hart)
A Baker's Nickel (1986, poetry)
Men of Zeal (1988, history, with Senator George J. Mitchell)
One-Eyed Kings (1991, novel)
Easy Prey: The Fleecing of America's Senior Citizens and How to Stop It (1995, nonfiction)


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