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Richard Riley

In office
January 10, 1979 – January 14, 1987
Lieutenant Nancy Stevenson (1979-83), Michael R. Daniel (1983-97)
Preceded by James Burrows Edwards
Succeeded by Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

In office
January 21, 1993 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lamar Alexander
Succeeded by Rod Paige

Born January 2, 1933 (1933-01-02) (age 77)
Greenville County, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ann Yarborough Riley
Alma mater Furman University
University of South Carolina
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1954-1955

Richard Wilson Riley (born January 2, 1933), American politician, was United States Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton and Governor of South Carolina. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Riley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1963-66. He served in the South Carolina Senate from 1967-1977. Riley was elected governor of South Carolina in 1978. During his first term, the state constitution was amended to allow governors to serve two terms. Riley was re-elected in 1982, and served until 1987. Riley's chief accomplishment was improving funding and support for education.

As Governor, Riley presided over resumption of executions, despite his personal opposition to the death penalty[1].

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Riley to his Cabinet as Secretary of Education. Riley served in this post until Clinton left office in 2001. Also in 1993, Clinton approached Riley about an appointment to the United States Supreme Court, which Riley turned down. Clinton ultimately appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since then, he has served as a partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, and served as a board member of the Albert Shanker Institute. On June 27, 2007 he endorsed Hillary Clinton for President and served as a Campaign Co-Chair[2].

In 2008, Walden University renamed its college of education the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, in honor of Riley's "commitment to students, his legacy of improving access to higher education, and his focus on diversity in education."[3] Winthrop University also renamed its college of education after Riley in 2000.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Burrows Edwards
Governor of South Carolina
1979 - 1987
Succeeded by
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
Preceded by
Lamar Alexander
United States Secretary of Education
1993 - 2001
Succeeded by
Roderick Paige


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