Rosario Marin

Secretary of the Treasury
Born Aug 4, 1958

Rosario Marin was the 41st Treasurer of the United States from August 16, 2001 to June 30, 2003, serving under President George W. Bush. She is the first person to assume the post since William Clark who was not born a United States citizen. She is the only U.S. Treasurer ever born outside U.S. borders or territory that would eventually become part of the country and is, therefore, often referred to as the only foreign-born Treasurer of the United States.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on August 4, 1958.


1972 13 Years Old Marin was born Rosario Spindola in Mexico City, Mexico. Her father Mariano, a worker in a label-making factory in California, brought his family to the United States in 1972 on visas provided by his employer. … Read More
1976 17 Years Old By 1976, she was in the top 20 out of a class of 500 and graduated with honors. … Read More


1980 21 Years Old After graduating in 1980, she continued to take night classes at the Los Angeles campus of the California State University (CSULA). … Read More
1981 22 Years Old Marin originally embarked upon a business and financial career. While attending CSULA, she had obtained work in 1981 at City National Bank in Beverly Hills as an assistant receptionist. … Read More
1985 26 Years Old However, in 1985 her son Eric was born with Down Syndrome and she quit her job the following year in order to care for him. … Read More


1992 - 1995 2 More Events
1996 37 Years Old Finally, in 1996, Marin was appointed the assistant deputy director for the Department of Social Services. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old Marin continued to work for Governor Wilson for the first few years of her time on the council. In 1997, she was named deputy director of the governor's Office of Community Relations in Los Angeles. … Read More
1998 39 Years Old She was also a member of various boards such as the California Film Commission, the Special Olympics, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and in 1998 completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government's program for senior executives in state and local government. … Read More


1999 40 Years Old 1 More Event
She served seven years on the council, including a term as mayor from 1999 to 2000 – the first Hispanic to hold that post in the city's history. … Read More
2000 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Marin was also known for being a tough and, sometimes, divisive participant of council meetings. Opponents accused her of raucous behavior, while even allies acknowledged a certain arrogance. In 2000, she was censured by the council for being rude toward fellow councilmembers and citizens alike. … Read More
2001 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In April, 2001, President Bush nominated Marin for the post of U.S. Treasurer. … Read More
2002 - 2003 2 More Events
Press reports at the time continued to indicate that she would enter the 2004 Senatorial campaign. … Read More
2006 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 31, 2006, the governor appointed Marin as secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency (CSCSA), an agency responsible for civil rights enforcement, consumer protection and the licensing of 2.3 million Californians in more than 230 different professions. … Read More
2007 48 Years Old In 2007 Rosario published her memoirs, Leading Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the First Mexican-Born Treasurer of the United States. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 10, 2008, Marin received an honorary doctorate for her achievements from Woodbury University.


2009 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2009 Marin was the keynote speaker at the California Sustainability Alliance's 2008 Sustainability Showcase Awards where she discussed transforming the market through the implementation of California’s Green Building Initiative.
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