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Benjamin Nethaniah

46th President of the United States
Incumbent
Assumed office January 20, 2017
Vice President Zebulon Hammer
Preceded by Simon Perez
Personal details
Born October 21, 1966
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse Sara Artz-Nethaniah
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professions Diplomat, Politician, Management Consultant, Military Officer
Religion Jewish
Military service
Branch United States Army
Years of service 1988–1998
Rank Major
Unit 82nd Airborne Division
75th Ranger Regiment
Delta Force

Benjamin "Benny" Nethaniah (born October 21, 1966) is the 46th and current President of the United States.

Nethaniah was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His father, Simon Nethaniah, was a high school history teacher and his mother, Zillah Nethaniah (née Segal), was a legal secretary. Nethaniah is the middle of three children. After he graduated from William Allen High School in 1984, he went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nethaniah graduated from MIT in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Very soon after, he married Sara Artz, his girlfriend of nearly three years.

While at MIT, Nethaniah decided to become an infantry officer. Upon completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he attended the U.S. Army Airborne School and then the U.S. Army Ranger School. After earning the Ranger Tab, Nethaniah was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as an airborne rifle platoon leader in the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He later went through the Ranger Orientation Program and was then assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment as a ranger rifle platoon leader in the 1st Ranger Battalion. Eventually, Nethaniah became a ranger rifle company executive officer and then the assistant battalion operations officer after being promoted to Captain. Upon graduating from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was made a ranger rifle company commander.

Nethaniah later attended the Assessment and Selection Course for the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. He passed the course and subsequently went on to the Operator Training Course. Upon completing operator training, Nethaniah was assigned to Delta Force as an assistant squadron operations officer. Upon being promoted to Major, he was made an assault troop commander. As a Delta Force operator, Nethaniah took part in numerous counterterrorism direct action missions such as capturing high-value targets and hostage rescues. He was wounded in combat on multiple occasions and during a mission in Bosnia, he was shot in the shoulder. After recuperating from that incident, Nethaniah became a reconnaissance troop commander.

On April 29, 1998, his and Sara's firstborn child, Naomi, was born. With numerous commendations, Nethaniah left the U.S. Army in June of 1998 after ten years of distinguished service and then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter. Shortly afterwards, he obtained a position as an associate at the Philadelphia office of the management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. In late 1999, Nethaniah returned to Allentown with his family and began running for Congress. He won the Republican primary on April 4, 2000. On November 7, 2000, Nethaniah was elected to the United States House of Representatives by the voters of Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district. He was sworn in as a congressman on January 3, 2001.

As a congressman, Nethaniah was assigned to serve on the U.S. House Committee on International Relations and the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. Later that year, on July 26, his and Sara's second child, Jared, was born. On November 5, 2002, Nethaniah was re-elected to a second term. In 2004, on October 10, his and Sara's third child, Abner, was born; and then on November 2, 2004, he was re-elected to a third term. On November 7, 2006, Nethaniah was re-elected to a fourth term in Congress. After being sworn into his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was made ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Nethaniah was re-elected to a fifth term on November 4, 2008.

On December 15, 2008, he was announced as the nominee for the position of United States Ambassador to the United Nations by the President-elect of the United States, Isaac Thorne. After confirmation by the United States Senate on January 22, 2009, Nethaniah resigned from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and was sworn in as the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations. On November 6, 2012, President Thorne was defeated in his bid for re-election by Democratic Governor Simon Perez of New Jersey.

Nethaniah resigned from his position as U.S. Ambassador to the UN on January 18, 2013. On February 1, 2013, he became the executive director of the United States Anti-Terror Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization devoted to the study of terrorism. During Nethaniah's tenure as executive director, the United States Anti-Terror Institute held a number of international conferences focused on the discussion of international terrorism. On February 23, 2015, he announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee and officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency on March 23, 2015.

On May 24, 2016, Nethaniah secured the nominating threshold of 1,238 delegates to become the Republican Party's presumptive nominee with his victory in the Texas presidential primary. On July 16, 2016, he announced the selection of Governor Zebulon Hammer of Ohio as his vice-presidential running mate. On July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio, Nethaniah formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, he was elected 46th president of the United States, beating incumbent President Simon Perez. Nethaniah received 306 votes in the Electoral College and 51.9% in the popular vote. He was inaugurated and sworn into the presidency by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts on January 20, 2017.

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