Visit to Latvia makes Clinton the most traveled U.S. Secretary of State

  • 2012-06-28

RIGA - With her visit to Latvia today, United State Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become the most traveled U.S. Secretary of State in history, the U.S. television channel CBS reports.

According to officials, Clinton has visited more countries than any of her 66 predecessors.

She breaks the record of 96 trips, previously held by her husband's (former U.S. President Bill Clinton) Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, Madeleine Albright, one of only two women to hold the position before Clinton.

Condoleezza Rice visited 85 countries in four years as the head of George W. Bush's State Department.

CBS writes that this most recent trip is also historic for Latvia: it is the first time a U.S. secretary of state has visited the small Eastern European country in over 20 years.

The State Department said Clinton has embarked on 70 foreign trips and spent 337 days on the road and logged over 73 days on a plane since taking office.