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|6th United States Secretary of Education|
January 21, 1993 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Lamar Alexander|
|Succeeded by||Rod Paige|
|111th Governor of South Carolina|
January 10, 1979 – January 14, 1987
Michael R. Daniel
|Preceded by||James B. Edwards|
|Succeeded by||Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.|
|Member of the South Carolina Senate from the 2nd District|
January 9, 1973 – January 11, 1977
|Member of the South Carolina Senate from the 3rd District|
January 10, 1967 – January 9, 1973
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Greenville County|
January 8, 1963 – January 10, 1967
January 2, 1933 |
Greenville County, South Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ann Yarborough Riley|
|Alma mater||Furman University
University of South Carolina
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1954–1955|
Richard Wilson Riley (born January 2, 1933) was an American politician, the United States Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton and the 111th Governor of South Carolina. He was a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and career
Riley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966. He served in the South Carolina Senate from 1967 to 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.
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, President 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.
In 1999, Furman University, Riley's alma mater, created the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership in his honor. 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." Winthrop University also renamed its college of education after Riley in 2000.
World Justice Project
Riley serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.
Riley and his wife, the former Ann O. Yarborough, have three sons and one daughter.
- U.S. Department of Education Bio
- The Political Graveyard
- CNN AllPolitics – Players – Richard Riley
- Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough Biography
- Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
- The Riley Institute
- Furman University
James B. Edwards
|Governor of South Carolina
January 10, 1979–January 14, 1987
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
|U.S. Secretary of Education
Served under: Bill Clinton