1953 – He was born on the 25th day of July and was raised in Naperville, Illinois, and has German ancestors.
1975 – He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 from Swarthmore College and received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School.
1981 – He obtained a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
1985 – He served in various positions at the Department of the Treasury for three years.
1991 – He was also appointed the President’s personal representative for the G-7 Economic Summits.
1993 – He was appointed an Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae until 1997.
1997 – He served as the John M. Olin Professor of National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy for a year.
2000 – He served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush during U.S. Presidential election campaign that year.
2001 – He served as United States Trade Representative for four years.
2005 – He became the Deputy Secretary of State.
2006 – He resigned from the position