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Birgitte Nyborg

45th President of the United States
Incumbent
Assumed office January 20, 2017
Vice President Jacob Kruse
Preceded by Lawrence Hesselboe
Personal details
Born Birgitte Knudsen Nyborg
September 1, 1970
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Moderate
Spouse Philip Christianson
Alma mater Georgetown University
Profession Lawyer, Military Officer
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1996–2000
Rank Captain
Unit Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps

Birgitte Knudsen Nyborg (born September 1, 1970) is the 45th and current President of the United States.

She was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her father, Ebbe Nyborg, was a photographer. Nyborg's mother, Susanne Andersen-Nyborg, was a school teacher. Both of her parents were originally from Denmark.

After Nyborg graduated from high school in 1988, she went on to Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She graduated from Georgetown College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Nyborg then enrolled in Georgetown University's four-year Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Foreign Service dual degree program. In 1996, after earning both a Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, she passed the District of Columbia Bar Exam and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Nyborg was then accepted into the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Upon completing Commissioned Officer Training and receiving her commission as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, she went through the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course. Afterwards, Nyborg was assigned as an assistant staff judge advocate to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England. Six months later, she was promoted to Captain. In 1999, Nyborg married Philip Christianson, a British economist.

In 2000, she left the U.S. Air Force after four years of service and returned to Fredericksburg with her husband, who took a position at a Washington, DC investment bank. Nyborg then applied for a job with the United States Department of Justice. Upon successfully completing the entire application process, she was hired by the Justice Department and became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. In 2003, Nyborg gave birth to her daughter, Laura. Later that year, she decided to run for Congress as a candidate for the newly-formed third party, the Moderate Party.

Nyborg was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 by the voters of Virginia's 1st congressional district. During her first term as a congresswoman, she served on the House Committee on Government Reform and the House Committee on the Judiciary. In early 2006, Nyborg gave birth to her son, Magnus. Later that year, she was re-elected to a second term in Congress. During her second term in the House of Representatives, Nyborg was assigned to the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means.

In November 2007, she announced that she would not seek a third term in the House of Representatives in the 2008 election, but instead would run for the United States Senate. Nyborg narrowly won the Moderate Party nomination at the state convention over businessman Nate Buch on June 17, 2008 and in a close race, defeated Democratic congresswoman Anne Linden and Republican congressman Benedict Farmer on November 4, 2008. She was sworn in as a U.S. Senator on January 3, 2009, as one of many Moderate Party politicians elected in the 2008 elections. As a Senator, Nyborg served on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the fall of 2009, her husband began working as an economics professor at The George Washington University.

Nyborg was re-elected to second term in the Senate on November 4, 2014. On July 6, 2015, she announced that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee. Nyborg officially announced her candidacy for the Moderate Party nomination for the presidency on August 3, 2015. On June 7, 2016, she secured the nominating threshold of delegates to become the Moderate Party's presumptive nominee with her victory in the California presidential primary. On July 8, 2016, Nyborg announced the selection of Moderate Governor of Florida Jacob Kruse, as her vice-presidential running mate.

On July 14, 2016, she formally accepted the Moderate Party's nomination at the 2016 Moderate National Convention in Austin, Texas. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Nyborg was elected 45th president of the United States, beating incumbent Republican President Lawrence Hesselboe and Democratic Senator Michael Laugesen. She was inaugurated and sworn into the presidency by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts on January 20, 2017. Nyborg is the first female president in U.S. history and first person elected to the U.S. presidency from neither the Democratic Party or the Republican Party since Millard Fillmore.

Note

  • A version of this character appeared on the Danish television series Borgen.
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