Secretary of State Clinton Reflects During Exit ‘Townterview’ (SLIDESHOW)

[ 0 ] January 29, 2013 |

On January 21, 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States. As she makes the transition from the U.S. State Department to private life, we pay tribute to her decades of public service with a photo gallery:

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First Lady Michelle Obama (left), International Woman of Courage awardee (center), and Secretary Clinton at the State Department ceremony. State Dept Image / Mar 08, 2012

Clinton, then a Democratic senator from New York, boosted the hopes of women and girls everywhere during her historic 2008 presidential run. Defeated during the Democratic primary, she was chosen by now President Obama to serve as Secretary of State, a job in which she represents the interests of the United States around the world and is involved in often intricate diplomatic talks.

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Clinton spoke about women leaders during a “townterview” on Tuesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.: “It’s really important that women are out there competing at the highest levels of government and business, not only to demonstrate the capacity and quality of women’s leadership, but also to take advantage of the talents of every person we have,” she said.

The outgoing Secretary of State was asked whether or not she would run for president again: “Well, I am not thinking about anything like that right now,” she said. “I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as Secretary of State and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.”

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She was also asked what was her lasting regret: “Well, certainly, the loss of American lives in Benghazi was something that I deeply regret and am working hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent.

Clinton recently testified in back-to-back hearings before the Senate and House foreign policy panels on the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Her likely successor is Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The vote was expected to move  to the full Senate later in the day.

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