* Born: Scranton, Pa., June 24, 1946
* Education: BA, Dartmouth College, 1968; MA, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), 1970; JD, Yale University Law School, 1973.
* Military Service: None.
* Career: Assistant solicitor-general, US Justice Department, 1974-76; policy planning director, Federal Trade Commission, 1976-81; lecturer, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1981 to present; chairman, biotechnology section, US Office of Technology Assessment, 1990-91; author or co-author of four books, including "The Work of Nations" (1991).
* Personal: Married to Clare Dalton; two children.
* Assessment: Reich is a provocative lecturer and author who is knowledgeable on labor issues. But he has no high-level government experience, and has never managed anything as large as a Cabinet department.