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Bruce Babbitt
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47th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
January 22, 1993 – January 2, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Manuel Lujan
Succeeded by Gale Norton
16th Governor of Arizona
In office
March 4, 1978 – January 6, 1987
Preceded by Wesley Bolin
Succeeded by Evan Mecham
19th Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 6, 1975 – March 4, 1978
Governor Raúl Castro
Wesley Bolin
Preceded by Warner Lee
Succeeded by Jack LaSota
Personal details
Born
Bruce Edward Babbitt

June 27, 1938 (1938-06-27) (age 83)
Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Hattie Coons
Children 2
Education University of Notre Dame (BS)
Newcastle University (MS)
Harvard University (LLB)

Bruce Edward Babbitt (born June 27, 1938) is an American politician from the state of Arizona. A member of the Democratic Party, Babbitt served as the 16th governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987, and as the United States Secretary of the Interior from 1993 through 2001.

Babbitt was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, the son of Frances B. (Perry) and Paul James Babbitt, Sr. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

He married Harriet Coons (known as Hattie) in 1968. She has worked as an attorney in Arizona and Washington, D.C., and served as United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States from 1993 to 1997, and as Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration.

In 1993, after Byron White retired from the Supreme Court, Babbitt was seen as a top pick for his replacement. President Clinton picked Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead.

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