Donald H. Rumsfeld was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense during a ceremony held at 6:10 p.m. EST today, January 20, 2001, in the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.
In remarks following the ceremony, Rumsfeld said, "I am grateful to the President for the opportunity to serve again as Secretary of Defense. I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented men and women who serve in the armed forces and in the civilian ranks of the department."
Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld was in private business. He served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and on the Board of Directors of Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals. He was the Chairman of the Salomon Smith Barney International Advisory Board and served as an advisor to a number of companies.
Married in 1954, he and his wife Joyce have three children and five grandchildren. Mrs. Rumsfeld was the founding Chairman of the Chicago Foundation for Education.
Mr. Rumsfeld was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1932. He attended Princeton University on scholarship (AB, 1954), served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval aviator and was an All Navy Wrestling Champion. He was previously the 13th Secretary of Defense, the youngest in our country's history (1975-1977).