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Edward Spencer Abraham (born June 12, 1952 in East Lansing, Michigan) is an American politician. He had served as the 10th United States Secretary of Energy, serving under President George W. Bush.

Prior to becoming Energy Secretary, Abraham represented Michigan in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2001, as the only Arab American in that chamber. He served on the Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees. He also chaired two subcommittees: Manufacturing and Competitiveness, and Immigration. Abraham authored the Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act, establishing a federal framework for on-line contracts and signatures; the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, which protects Internet domain names for businesses and persons against copyright and trademark infringements. He was defeated for reelection to the Senate in 2000 for a second term by Debbie Stabenow.

Before his election to the Senate, Abraham served as co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1991 to 1993. Previously, he was chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1983 to 1990.

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He was deputy chief of staff for Vice President Dan Quayle in 1990-1991.

Spencer Abraham and his wife, Jane, have three children. He holds a law degree from Harvard University, a 1974 Honors College graduate of Michigan State University and is a native of East Lansing, Michigan. His grandparents were Lebanese immigrants.

On November 15, 2004, Abraham announced that he would resign from the position of Secretary of Energy, which took effect with the swearing in of his successor Samuel W. Bodman on February 1, 2005.

On February 14, 2005 The Toronto Star reported that Abraham was on a short list of candidates for American ambassador to Canada.

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Preceded by:
Bill Richardson
United States Secretary of Energy
2001–2005
Succeeded by:
Samuel W. Bodman

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