Southfield, Michigan , United States
|| June 12, 1952
|Last Modifed||Juan Croniqueur|
Dec 03, 2015 12:17pm
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|Info||Spencer Abraham became the nation's 10th Secretary of Energy on January 20, 2001. He leads a cabinet department with a $21 billion budget and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees. |
Under Secretary Abraham's leadership, the Department of Energy has pursued an ambitious agenda that strengthens America's energy and national security.
In the first week of the new Administration, President Bush appointed Secretary Abraham and other Cabinet-level officials to a task force that developed the first National Energy Policy in over a decade. Since the energy plan was released, Secretary Abraham has led the Administration's efforts to increase energy supply and conservation and energy efficiency, and is currently working to secure passage of a comprehensive energy bill.
As the leader of one of the federal government's largest agencies, Secretary Abraham is also its top manager. After becoming Secretary, he instituted a series of key management reforms that have made DOE one of the most effective agencies in the federal government. The Mercatus Center audit of federal agency performance reports for 2001 ranked DOE 4th out of all federal agencies for top performance. In the previous year, DOE was ranked 10th.
Prior to becoming Secretary of Energy, Mr. Abraham served as a United States Senator from Michigan from 1995-2001 where he was the author of 22 pieces of legislation signed into law - an unprecedented accomplishment for a freshman Senator. Before his election to the Senate, Abraham served as co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1991 to 1993. He was also Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1983-1990 and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle from 1990 to 1991.
Spencer Abraham and his wife, Jane, have three children. He is a native of Lansing, Michigan and a graduate of the Harvard University School of Law and Michigan State University.