Dr. Samuel Bodman Sworn in as Secretary of Energy
February 1, 2005
Dr. Samuel Bodman was sworn in as the 11th Secretary of Energy on February 1st. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Secretary Bodman on January 31st, allowing him to replace Spencer Abraham, who resigned on November 15th. President George W. Bush nominated Dr. Bodman in December, describing him as a "problem solver." Secretary Bodman has worked as a professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the president of an investment firm, and as the chairman and chief executive officer of the Cabot Corporation, a global chemical company. Over the past four years, he has served the Bush administration as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. At the Department of Commerce, he had oversight of three important science and technology agencies: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. See the DOE press release and the White House press release from Secretary Bodman's nomination in December.