Samuel Bodman

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Samuel W. Bodman
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11th United States Secretary of Energy
In office
January 31, 2005 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Spencer Abraham
Succeeded by Steven Chu
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 2004 – January 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Kenneth W. Dam
Succeeded by Robert Kimmitt
Deputy Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 2001 – December 2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert L. Mallett
Succeeded by Theodore Kassinger
Personal details
Born (1938-11-26) November 26, 1938 (age 79)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) M. Diane Bodman
Alma mater Cornell University (B.S.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sc.D.)

Samuel Wright Bodman III (born November 26, 1938) is the former 11th United States Secretary of Energy. He was previously the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Early life, career, and family[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois on November 26, 1938, Bodman spent his early years in the Chicago suburbs before he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and the Sphinx Head Society. In 1965, he completed his Doctor of Science in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the next six years he served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and began his work in the financial sector as Technical Director of the American Research and Development Corporation, a venture capital firm.

From there, Bodman went to Fidelity Venture Associates, a division of the Fidelity Investments. In 1983 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments and a Director of the Fidelity Group of Mutual Funds. In 1987, he joined Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based Fortune 300 company with global business activities in specialty chemicals and materials, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director.

Bodman is a former Director of M.I.T.'s School of Engineering Practice and a former member of the M.I.T. Commission on Education. He also served as a member of the Executive and Investment Committees at M.I.T., a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Aquarium.

He is a former director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Bodman is married to M. Diane Bodman. He has three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.[1]

Bush Administration[edit]

Bodman served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the George W. Bush Administration beginning in February 2004. He also served the Bush Administration as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce beginning in 2001.

On December 10, 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the United States Secretary of Energy and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005, taking office the next day. He led the Department of Energy with a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees.

In February 2007, Bodman testified before the United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces about security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He stated that "The heart of the problem is a cultural issue at Los Alamos." He asserted that the impediment to improved security was "Arrogance. Arrogance of the chemists and physicists and engineers who work at Los Alamos and think they’re above it all."[2]


  1. ^ "Department of Energy biography". Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Bodman Blames Scientists For Problems at Los Alamos", Jon Fox, Global Security Newswire, Feb. 2007.

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Articles by Samuel Bodman[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Kenneth W. Dam
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
February 2004 – January 2005
Succeeded by
Robert M. Kimmitt
Preceded by
Robert L. Mallett
United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Succeeded by
Theodore W. Kassinger
Political offices
Preceded by
Spencer Abraham
U.S. Secretary of Energy
Served under: George W. Bush

Succeeded by
Steven Chu