U.S. Department of State


Timothy E. Wirth is Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He also served as Counselor of the Department of State since April 1993.

Mr. Wirth was elected U.S. Senator from Colorado in 1986 and served until 1992. His Senate Committee assignments included Armed Services; Budget; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Energy and Natural Resources. Prior to his election to the Senate, Mr. Wirth represented the Second Congressional District of Colorado for twelve years. As a Congressman, he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance of the Energy and Commerce Committee. In 1992 he served as national co- chair of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign.

In 1969-70, Mr. Wirth served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). He was awarded a White House fellowship in 1967-68 and served as special assistant to Secretary of HEW John Gardner. Mr. Wirth served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1961-1967.

Mr. Wirth has served on the board of Denver Planned Parenthood, was a founding board member of Denver Head Start, and served on the board of Visitors of the United States Air Force Academy. He is a member of the Colorado Hispanic Agenda.

Born September 22, 1939, in New Mexico, Mr. Wirth grew up in Denver and Jefferson Counties in Colorado. As a scholarship student, he earned his Bachelor degree (1961) and Master's degree (1964) at Harvard University and his Doctorate (1973) at Stanford. He and his wife, the former Wren Wilson, have a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Kelsey.

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