President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his former chief rival for the Democratic nomination to be his secretary of state.
At a news conference Monday in Chicago, Obama announced that he's chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to lead the State Department.
He described her as a friend and colleague, as well as a source of counsel and a tough opponent. He added that she's someone of tremendous stature who can advance America's interest around the world.
In order to make it possible for his wife to take the job, party officials say former President Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of contributors to his foundation and step away from day-to-day management of it. He'll also submit his speaking schedule to review by the State Department and the White House.