78 Facts About Rex Tillerson

1. Rex Tillerson recused himself from TransCanada's application for a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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2. Rex Tillerson was recommended for the role by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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3. Rex Tillerson donated to Jeb Bush's campaign during the 2016 Republican primaries.

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4. Rex Tillerson has contributed to the political campaigns of George W Bush, as well as Mitt Romney in 2012, and Mitch McConnell.

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5. Rex Tillerson compared China's controversial island-building in the South China Sea to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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6. Rex Tillerson was sworn in on the same day by Vice President Mike Pence.

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7. Rex Tillerson was a member of the executive committee of The Business Council for 2011 and 2012.

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8. Rex Tillerson owns two ranches in Texas, where his wife, Renda, raises cutting horses.

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9. Rex Tillerson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

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10. Rex Tillerson has two sisters, Rae Ann Hamilton, a physician who resides in Abilene, Texas, and Jo Lynn Peters, a high school educator.

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11. Rex Tillerson has previously been the director of the joint United States-Russia oil company Exxon Neftegas.

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12. Rex Tillerson is a long-time contributor to Republican campaigns, but did not donate to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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13. Rex Tillerson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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14. Rex Tillerson began his career as a civil engineer with Exxon in 1975 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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15. Rex Tillerson told the cadets that his best job more than 20 years ago was when worked as the Exxon divisional manager with responsibility over a large part of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

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16. Rex Tillerson emphasized that what makes America different from Iran, China, Russia and other adversaries is its commitment to fact-based truths.

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17. Rex Tillerson gave the commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

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18. Rex Tillerson developed close ties to state-run oil company Rosneft, NPR's Lucian Kim reports, and had reached agreements to run development projects with Rosneft in Siberia and the Russian Arctic.

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19. Rex Tillerson spent much of his ExxonMobil career in the company's international division, Coll told NPR, developing ties to countries around the world—particularly Russia.

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20. Rex Tillerson never has worked for the government—or anyone other than Exxon since 1975.

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21. Throughout the hearing, Rex Tillerson signaled that he would take a more aggressive stance with China, including calling China out for its economic relationship with Pyongyang.

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22. Rex Tillerson said he did not support a registry targeting any particular group.

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23. Rex Tillerson joined the Exxon Company USA in 1975 as a production engineer.

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24. In 2015, Rex Tillerson was named the twenty-fifth most powerful person in the world by Forbes.

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25. Rex Tillerson abandoned the lawsuit after a judge filed his case in November 2014.

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26. In 1986, Rex Tillerson married Renda St Clair, who has a child from her previous marriage.

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27. Rex Tillerson completed his climb to Exxon's executive suite by becoming senior VP of Exxon Mobile Corporation in 2001, president in 2004, and CEO in 2006.

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28. Rex Tillerson had previously been with Exxon for his entire working career of 41 years.

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29. Rex Tillerson is a former president of the Boy Scouts of America.

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30. Rex Tillerson graduated from Huntsville High in Texas and went on to the University of Texas at Austin.

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31. In this role Rex Tillerson supported the inclusion of gay scouts.

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32. In the fall of 2017, Rex Tillerson eliminated the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy office, moving responsibility for sanctions to the Policy Planning Office.

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33. In 2011, Rex Tillerson had ExxonMobil enter into a deal with Russian oil company Rosneft.

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34. Rex Tillerson served as CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil from 2006 to 2016.

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35. Rex Tillerson supported a proposed White House budget that cut funding for his department by 30 percent, which would have impacted both diplomacy and foreign aid.

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36. In a 2015 op-ed for Fortune, Rex Tillerson said that one of his first jobs, before he reached Exxon, was as a university janitor.

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37. Rex Tillerson said that he believed sanctions were ineffective and opposes them.

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38. Rex Tillerson retired from ExxonMobil at the end of 2016, the company announced on December 14 and Darren Woods replaced him on January 1, 2017.

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39. Rex Tillerson was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2013.

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40. In 2015, Rex Tillerson was named as the 25th most powerful person in the world by Forbes.

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41. In 1986, Rex Tillerson married Renda St Clair, who has a son from her previous marriage.

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42. In 2013, Rex Tillerson outlined his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, stating at the Global Security Forum: "One of the most promising developments on this front is the ongoing effort for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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43. In 2016, Rex Tillerson stated, "The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not.

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44. In 2017, Rex Tillerson said that Russia's annexation of Crimea was illegal.

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45. In 2014, Rex Tillerson expressed opposition to the sanctions against Russia in response to the annexation of Crimea at an Exxon shareholder meeting.

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46. On March 13, 2018, Rex Tillerson commented on the nerve gas poisoning in the United Kingdom of a former Russian spy and his daughter, calling it a "really egregious act" that clearly "came from Russia".

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47. Rex Tillerson has made a concerted effort to respond to the State Department's backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests that reach into Secretary Hillary Clinton's tenure, assigning midlevel diplomats from every bureau to perform document review aside unpaid interns.

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48. In November 2017, Rex Tillerson said that recent Rohingya persecution in Myanmar was ethnic cleansing.

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49. Rex Tillerson was reportedly angered by the political speech President Trump delivered at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

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50. Rex Tillerson contracted for management consulting from Deloitte and hired Insigniam to conduct a "listening tour" survey for $1 million.

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51. Rex Tillerson has initiated the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, focusing on the State Department's organizational structure.

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52. Rex Tillerson has attempted to centralize much decision making under the Policy Planning Staff.

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53. Rex Tillerson is reported to rely heavily on Peterlin, as well as his chief of policy, Brian Hook.

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54. Rex Tillerson selected Margaret Peterlin to be his Chief of Staff.

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55. Rex Tillerson reversed that decision and allowed the graduates to become full Foreign Service Officers after being asked to do so by 31 members of Congress.

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56. In June 2017, Rex Tillerson told graduates of the Rangel and the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships that their offers to join the United States Foreign Service were rescinded and that they needed to repay the $85,000 scholarships or agree to work in temporary positions.

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57. In May 2017, Rex Tillerson joined Trump on the President's first overseas trip, with the first destination being Saudi Arabia.

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58. Rex Tillerson warned Russia of the risk of "becoming irrelevant in the Middle East" by continuing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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59. At a news conference, Rex Tillerson remarked that Russian-US relations were at a "low point".

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60. Rex Tillerson remarked that diplomatic efforts in the past 20 years to stop North Korea's nuclear development had "failed".

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61. Rex Tillerson urged Russia to withdraw from eastern Ukraine, stating that "the United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people.

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62. On February 15, 2017, Rex Tillerson embarked on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State to Bonn, Germany, meeting with foreign ministers from the G20.

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63. Rex Tillerson was first recommended to then-President-elect Trump for the Secretary of State role by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during her meeting with Trump in late November 2016.

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64. On July 9, 2017, Rex Tillerson received the Dewhurst Award from the World Petroleum Council in recognition for "outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry" during his 41 years at Exxon Mobil.

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65. Rex Tillerson is a long-time supporter of the BSA and has said, "I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting.

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66. Rex Tillerson is a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, and from 2010 to 2012 was their national president, its highest non-executive position.

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67. Rex Tillerson is a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the American Petroleum Institute.

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68. When he left Exxon, Rex Tillerson was four months away from retirement, at which time he would have been entitled to a $180 million retirement package.

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69. Rex Tillerson is estimated to be worth at least $300 million.

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70. In late 2016, Rex Tillerson held $54 million of Exxon stock, and had a right to deferred stock worth approximately $180 million over the next 10 years.

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71. In June 2017, Rex Tillerson said Trump had asked him to "stabilize the relationship and build trust.

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72. In 2013, Rex Tillerson was awarded the Order of Friendship by Putin for his contribution to developing cooperation in the energy sector.

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73. Rex Tillerson led Sechin on a tour of New York City, dining on caviar with him and Putin at the Per Se restaurant.

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74. Rex Tillerson was responsible for the development of a partnership between Exxon and state-owned oil company Rosneft and the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to acquire a stake in Yukos, owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, before the firm was nationalized after Khodorkovsky's arrest.

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75. Rex Tillerson lobbied against Rule 1504 of the Dodd–Frank reform and protections, which would have required Exxon to disclose payments to foreign governments.

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76. In 1989, Rex Tillerson became general manager of the central production division of Exxon USA.

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77. Rex Tillerson is a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

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78. Rex Tillerson began his career as a civil engineer and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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