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09 December 2004

Congressional Report, December 9: Rice Confirmation Hearing

Senate Foreign Relations panel sets January 18 hearing on Rice nomination

Washington -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice on January 18, 2005.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard G. Lugar has scheduled a full day for testimony and questions, and might schedule a second day of hearing January 19 if additional questioning is necessary. Lugar will convene a meeting to vote on her nomination immediately after the confirmation hearing.

President Bush nominated Rice, his current national security advisor, November 16 to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

Bush selected Rice to serve as his national security advisor during his first term. Previously Rice served on the National Security Council staff from 1989 to 1991, as director and then senior director of Soviet and East European affairs. She was later named special assistant to the national security affairs advisor.

Rice, who holds a doctorate in political science, has served as a professor and provost at Stanford University in California, and is a Hoover Institute Fellow.

Bush said of Rice when she joined his national security staff, "Dr. Rice is not only a brilliant person; she is an experienced person. She is a good manager. I trust her judgment. America will find that she is a wise person, and I'm so honored [she is] joining the administration."

Upon her arrival in Washington in 1986, she worked on nuclear strategic planning at the Joint Chiefs of Staff as part of a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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