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Hillary Clinton announces the death of her youngest brother
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Hillary Clinton’s youngest brother, Anthony Rodham, has died, the former secretary of State announced on Twitter on Saturday. He was 65.
“We lost my brother Tony last night,” Clinton tweeted. “It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today.”
The life and times of Anthony Rodham
Like his sister, Rodham was known for his work in politics. He helped his brother-in-law, Bill Clinton, get nominated for Congress in Arkansas in 1974, and went on to work for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), where he coordinated constituency outreach during his brother-in-law’s presidential campaign in 1992.
After Bill won in 1992, Rodham and his brother, Hugh, briefly tried to solicit corporate donations for the then-president elect’s inaugural parties, but a public outcry stopped them from continuing.
Rodham and first wife, Nicole Boxer, were married in the White House in 1994, and went on to have on child together, named Zachary, before divorcing in 2001.
Rodham later married Meghan Madden in 2004. They went on to have two children, Simon and Fiona.
Over the course of his life, Rodham was involved in many business dealings that combined private and government interests, earning him intense scrutiny. In one instance, Rodham was criticized for his “work in gaining a pardon for Edgar and Vonna Jo Gregory, Tennessee carnival operators who had been convicted of bank fraud,” according to the Daily Caller.
Edgar and Vonna Jo Gregory were pardoned by then-President Clinton in early 2000, but not without the influence of Rodham, who reportedly “received $325,000 in loans from the Gregorys” and spoke with his brother-in-law about pardoning the couple.
Rodham also proposed several projects aimed at rebuilding Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010, including one that would have used $22 million from the Clinton Foundation, though none of the plans ever came to fruition.
Keeping a low profile
Rodham also helped raise money for his sister Hillary’s failed 2008 presidential primary campaign, and he appeared at a few Pennsylvania rallies for Clinton during her 2016 campaign, but he has otherwise kept a low profile in recent years. He admitted in 1999 that his connection to President Bill Clinton through his sister had led to both benefits and suffering for him.
“It can go both ways,” Rodham said. “There’s some wonderful things that have happened to me because of my relationship with Hillary and Bill, and there’s been some really terrible things that have happened to me.”
Rodham was remembered by his sister as a “kind” and “generous” man who was a “wonderful husband” and “father” to his three children.
“When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter,” Clinton wrote of her brother.
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