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Huma M. Abedin is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Aide to United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2010, Abedin was included in Time Magazine's "40 under 40," a list of rising stars of American politics. Abedin served as "body woman" (personal assistant) during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.
Abedin of Pakistani descent was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the age of two, her family moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Both her parents were educators. Her father, who died when she was 17 years old was an Iranian scholar, Abedin's Pakistani born mother is a professor in Saudi Arabia - associate professor of sociology at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah. She returned to the United States to study at George Washington University. Abedin began working as an intern for the White House in 1996 - her first assignment with the First Lady.
Abedin married New York Representative Anthony Weiner on July 10, 2010. In less than a year (June 2011) after her wedding, the Twitter photo scandal broke out about her husband. Weiner admitted he had engaged in sexually charged exchanges with "about six women" over the internet during the past three years.
It is believed Abedin is a practicing Muslim and her husband, Anthony Weiner, secretly converted to Islam. The Atlantic wire recented quoted the following "[W]e must consider that Mr. Weiner *may* have converted to Islam, because if he did not, we have to consider the unlikely, that being that Ms. Abedin has abandoned her Muslim faith, even while she still practices."