Bruce Babbitt

Bruce Edward Babbitt (* June 27, 1938 in Flagstaff, Arizona ) is a former American politician (Democratic Party). He was from 1978 to 1987 Governor of Arizona from 1993 to 2001 and Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet Clinton.


Babbitt was at the University of Notre Dame, a undergraduate degree at Newcastle University in England, a master and then be at the Harvard University Law Degree. After graduating, he worked as a lawyer for the Justice Department in Washington, DC active. In 1967, he returned to Arizona, where he joined a law firm in Phoenix. Some years later he was elected Attorney General in 1974 his state.

When the governor of Arizona, Wesley Bolin, died in 1978 in office, Babbitt followed him as his successor to the office. Officially, he was then elected in 1978 for a four year term, and re-elected in 1982. Babbitt applied in 1988 to the candidacy of the Democrats for the office of U.S. president. After the complainant had scored badly in the primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, he withdrew from the race. Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis was eventually, in turn defeated by Republican George Bush.

Babbitt was active in many environmental organizations and has received several awards from national environmental groups. President Bill Clinton then appointed him in 1993 to the Minister of the Interior of the United States. A post he held for eight years, ie, during Clinton's entire presidency. After the end of his political career, he joined the Los Angeles-based law firm Latham & Watkins.

He is married to Harriet Coons. The couple has two children together.