Warren Christopher is an American diplomat and lawyer. During Bill Clinton’s first term as President, Christopher served as the 63rd Secretary of State. Christopher served as law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the United States Supreme Court, and he later served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States.
As Deputy Secretary, Christopher is credited with skillfully negotiating the release of 52 American hostages in Iran. He also spearheaded the Sino-American relations with the People’s Republic of China, helped to win ratification of the Panama Canal treaties, and headed the first interagency group on human rights. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, on January 16, 1981.
Christopher’s has served as Director and Vice Chairman to the Council on Foreign Relations; Director of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council; and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on the Watts riots in 1965-1966.