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America’s tenth and longest serving Secretary of Energy, former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham began his tenure as Secretary of Energy in the midst of a severe energy crisis that included the California blackouts, declining domestic energy supplies and insufficient international energy trade opportunities. In response, he helped President Bush devise America’s first national energy plan in over a decade and oversaw its implementation. As part of this plan, he led efforts to broaden America’s international energy partnerships, working with China, Japan, Russia, the E.U., countries in South America and Africa and certain OPEC nations. According to the Presidential Management Agenda scorecard, the Department of Energy went from “worst to first” of well-run agencies under Secretary Abraham’s leadership. [+]