William Sebastian Cohen

William Sebastian Cohen

American lawyer, politician and statesman
Date of Birth: 28.08.1940
Country: USA

American lawyer, politician, and statesman

William Sebastian Cohen was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the United States Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001. After completing his education, Cohen worked as a lawyer in Bangor and taught business administration at the University of Maine from 1968 to 1972. He was elected to the city council and became the mayor of Bangor in 1971. In the 1972 elections, Cohen was elected to the United States Congress. During his time in Congress, he participated in the investigation of the Watergate scandal and voted for the impeachment of Richard Nixon. He was re-elected to Congress and in 1978, he was elected to the United States Senate, serving additional terms in 1984 and 1990. While in the Senate, Cohen served as a member of the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs. In January 1997, he was appointed as the United States Secretary of Defense by President Clinton, who was re-elected for a second term. During Cohen's tenure, the process of expanding NATO to include Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic began, and the Russia-NATO Council was established. In 2001, he resigned from his position.

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