Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s Youngest Brother, Dies

Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s youngest brother, who helped the Clintons in their presidential endeavors but also drew unwelcome controversy, died on Friday.

Mrs. Clinton announced his death on Twitter on Saturday, but no other details were given.

“It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today,” wrote Mrs. Clinton, the former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate. She added, “We’ll miss him very much.”

Mrs. Clinton described her brother as a generous person who could walk into a room and “light it up with laughter.”

Anthony Rodham was born in 1954 to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham and was raised in the Chicago suburbs along with his older siblings, Hillary and Hugh.

He attended but never graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Arkansas. While Bill Clinton, his brother-in-law, was president, Mr. Rodham worked on the Democratic National Committee as an outreach coordinator. He also held a variety of jobs, including as a prison guard, insurance salesman, repo man, private detective and business investor.

Mr. Rodham was one of the few people to get married at the White House; in 1994 he married Nicole Boxer, the daughter of former Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, in the Rose Garden. They divorced in 2001 and Mr. Rodham remarried in 2005.

But Mr. Rodham and his brother were most notable for drawing unwelcome controversy to the Clinton administration.

In 1999, the administration publicly rebuked the brothers for a business venture in which they planned to export hazelnuts from the former Soviet republic of Georgia with the help of Aslan Abashidze, the leading political rival of Eduard Shevardnadze, Georgia’s president at the time and a Clinton ally.

“If in fact this project is still going forward, we don’t approve and will continue to make clear to Georgian officials that this venture has no connection with or sanction from the U.S. government,” Joe Lockhart, the White House spokesman, said at the time.

Mr. Rodham later helped with Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008, but she ultimately ended that bid to throw her support behind Barack Obama. She earned the Democratic nomination in 2016 before losing to President Trump.

In addition to Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Rodham’s survivors include his wife, Megan, and three children, Zach, Simon and Fiona.


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