The name Cheryl Mills may sound familiar to you. It was repeated heavily in 1999 when Mills was on the legal team that successfully defended President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. While her arguments during the trial put her in the national spotlight, Mills has had a significant behind-the-scenes role in politics before and after the trial. Currently, Mills is the counselor and chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mills was the daughter of an Army lieutenant colonel living in Germany, Belgium and the U.S. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and went on to earn her law degree at Stanford University. After working for a Washington, D.C. law firm, Mills left to work as deputy general counsel for the Clinton/Gore Transition Planning Foundation after the 1992 presidential election. She continued working in the White House, including as the deputy counsel to the president, until the end of Clinton’s impeachment trial.
After a few years of not working along the Clinton family, in 2007 Hillary Clinton asked Mills to serve as general counsel for Clinton’s presidential campaign. Once Clinton was appointed as Secretary of State she asked Mills to follow her to the State Department, where she currently works today.
Cheryl Mills is making history as… one of the most critical senior staff members to one of the most influential presidential couples in recent times. In addition to her senior roles with the Clintons, Mills has worked as the senior vice president at New York University and Oxygen Media.
What’s next for Cheryl?