Robert Reich

United States Secretary of Labor
Born Jun 24, 1946

Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on June 24, 1946.


1964 18 Years Old This made him a target for bullies and he sought out the protection of older boys; one of them was Michael Schwerner, who would be murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 for registration of African-American voters. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old He attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, and Dartmouth College, graduating with an A.B. summa cum laude in 1968 and winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old From 1973 to 1974 he served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission.


1980 34 Years Old From 1980 until 1992, Reich taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he wrote a series of influential books and articles, including The Next American Frontier and The Work of Nations. … Read More


1992 46 Years Old Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his 1992 campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected, invited Reich to head his economic transition team. … Read More
1993 47 Years Old …  He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. … Read More


1996 - 2002 2 More Events
2003 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Reich became a professor at Brandeis University, teaching courses for undergraduates as well as in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2003, he was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body.
2004 58 Years Old In 2004, he published Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives. … Read More
2005 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2005, there was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts. … Read More


2006 - 2007 2 More Events
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2008 primaries, Reich published an article that was extremely critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics."
2009 63 Years Old On April 3, 2009, Reich commented that published U6 employment figures indicate that the United States is in a depression.
2010 64 Years Old In September 2010, his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future was published. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Until 2012, he was married to British-born lawyer Clare Dalton, with whom he has two sons, Sam and Adam. … Read More
2015 69 Years Old In September 2015, his book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few was published.
2016 70 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 26, 2016, he endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. … Read More
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