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A scion of one of Arizona's leading families, Bruce Edward Babbitt (1938–) is well known as a politician and an environmentalist. He was born on June 27, 1938, to Paul J. and Frances B. Babbitt. His undergraduate education was completed at the University of Notre Dame, and he earned his law degree at Harvard University. He was elected attorney general of Arizona in 1974 and held the position until 1978. Babbitt served as Arizona's governor from 1978 to 1987. In 1988 he launched an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States. President William J. Clinton appointed Babbitt to serve as secretary of the interior in 1993, a post he held until 2001.

While serving as an elected official in Arizona, ...

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