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Religion  Christian
Role  lawyer
Rank  Lieutenant
Name  Clay Pell
Political party  Democratic Party
Unit  Legal Division
Parents  Herbert Pell III
Allegiance  United States
Spouse  Michelle Kwan (m. 2013)

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Full Name  Herbert Claiborne Pell IV
Born  November 17, 1981 (age 41) Tucson, Arizona, U.S. (1981-11-17)
Alma mater  Harvard University (A.B.)Georgetown University (J.D.)
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
People also search for  Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Danny Kwan, Estella Kwan
Education  Harvard College, Georgetown University Law Center

Clay pell bio

Herbert Claiborne "Clay" Pell IV (born November 17, 1981) is an American lawyer, military officer, and politician. He is a lieutenant commander and judge advocate in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education in the United States Department of Education. He is the grandson of the late Senator Claiborne Pell. Pell ran an unsuccessful campaign for the 2014 Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Rhode Island, which he lost to Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.


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Early life and education

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Pell was born to Herbert C. Pell III and Eugenia Stillman Diehl Pell on November 17, 1981, in Tucson, Arizona. Pell is the grandson of the Senator Claiborne Pell and Nuala Pell (the granddaughter of A&P grocery chain founder George Huntington Hartford).

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Pell attended The Thacher School and graduated in 2000. He also attended School Year Abroad's schools in Zaragoza, Spain (1999) and Beijing, China (2001). He graduated from Harvard College in 2005 with high honors and a bachelor's degree in Social Studies. Pell went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. Pell has received a Citation in Modern Standard Arabic. He graduated first in his class from the Coast Guard Direct Commission Officer School.


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Pell is a lieutenant commander and judge advocate in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Pell served as Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Staff, and was a White House Fellow from 2011 to 2012.

In 2013, Pell served for six months as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the United States Department of Education. His support for language education and cultural proficiency was recognized by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages which presented him with its Advocacy Award in 2014—an award Pell's grandfather received in 1988. On January 27, 2014, Pell confirmed he would run for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 election. His wife, Michelle Kwan, appeared in TV ads on his behalf to garner support among female voters before the September 9th, 2014 primary. Pell placed third in the Democratic primary, which was won by Gina Raimondo.

Personal life

In January 2013, Pell married five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan. The two first met in April 2011. On March 29, 2017, Pell announced in a statement that he had filed for divorce from Kwan.

Pell is a Christian. He speaks English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic.


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