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What Does the Secretary of State Do?


With Hillary Clinton being chosen by Barack Obama as Secretary of State, I wanted to find out and share exactly what this role does. So here you go. 

The following are some of the primary responsibilities:

  1. Falls Fourth in the “Presidential Line of Succession,” 1st among Cabinet members.
  2. Is the principal spokesperson for the president on United State foreign policy.
  3. Serves as a member of the National Security Council.
  4. Prepares the budget for foreign affairs programs.
  5. Prepares the budget to make contributions to multinational organizations including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.


Storage and use of the Great Seal of the United States, performance of protocol functions for the White House, drafting of certain proclamations, formally accepting notice of the president’s resignation, and replies to inquiries. In addition, the Secretary performs such duties as the President is required, in accordance with the United States Constitution, relating to correspondence, commission, or instructions to U.S. or consuls abroad, and to conduct negotiations with foreign representatives. The Secretary has also served as principal adviser to the President in the determination of U.S. foreign policy and in recent decades has become responsible for overall direction, coordination, and supervision of interdepartmental activities of the U.S. Government overseas, excepting certain military activities.

As the highest-ranking Cabinet member, the Secretary of State is fourth in line to succeed the Presidency, after the Vice President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President pro tempore of the Senate.


December 1, 2008 - Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , ,


  1. Great writing. I was really trying to figure this question out and your article is very informitive.

    Comment by Brian | November 24, 2008

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