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United States Secretary of State
Born: April 16, 1962 (age 60 years), Yonkers, New York, United States
Education: Columbia Law School (1985–1988), The Dalton School (1971), Jeannine Manuel School, Harvard University
Previous offices: United States Deputy Secretary of State (2015–2017)
Party: Democratic Party
Spouse: Evan Ryan (m. 2002)
Office: United States Secretary of State since 2021
Parents: Donald M. Blinken, Judith Pisar
Full Name: Antony John Blinken
Date of Birth: April 16, 1962 (age: 60)
Place of Birth: Yonkers, N.Y.
Hometown: New York, N.Y.; Paris, France
Married: Evan Maureen Ryan political aide , March 2, 2002 in Washington, D.C.
Children include Lila Ryan Blinken
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Blinken is Jewish. In 2002, Blinken and Evan Ryan were married in an interfaith ceremony officiated by a rabbi and a priest at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. They have two children. Blinken is fluent in French.
He plays guitar and has three songs available on Spotify by the alias Ablinken (pronounced “Abe Lincoln”).
Antony “Tony” Blinken was born on April 16, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, to Jewish parents Judith and Donald Blinken.
He attended the prestigious Dalton School in New York City until 1971, when he moved to Paris, France, with his divorced mother and her husband, Holocaust survivor and lawyer, Samuel Pisar.
Pisar, who had survived both the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, would later share his experiences during the Holocaust with Blinken, who says those conversations had a profound impact on his views.
During adolescence, Blinken was torn between pursuing the arts and politics. He attended Harvard University, where he edited the daily student newspaper and co-edited the weekly art magazine.
While working for the Harvard Crimson, Blinken wrote several articles about Israel. When the First Lebanon War began, Blinken wrote a column titled “Lebanon and the Facts,” criticizing some of the press for “anti-Israeli rhetoric becomes venomous, hateful.”
He said the Village Voice comparison of Israel to the Nazis was “dead wrong and repugnant.”
Following the Sabra and Shatila massacre, he wrote, “Israel is not, has never been, nor will ever be the irreproachable, perfectly moral state some of its supporters would like to see. Israelis are, after all, only human.
Still, one pedestal the Jewish state can stand on — and stand on alone in the Middle East – is that of a democracy.”
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Blinken compromised on his career interests and took an internship at The New Republic.
He went on to earned his J.D. at Columbia Law School and, in 1987, Praeger published his Harvard senior thesis, “Ally vs. Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis.”
That summer Blinken stayed in New York City and worked as a summer associate in the law offices of Rogers & Wells.
Soon after, Blinken became active in Democratic politics, helping his father fundraise for Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign.
All the while – during his academic pursuits and political activities – he played guitar in a band and organized film festivals and other cultural activities.