Hillary Rodham Clinton

Born:October 26, 1947 (age 72)
Career:U.S. secretary of state, 2009-2012
U.S. Senate, 2001-2009
First lady of the United States, 1993-2001
First lady of Arkansas, 1979-1981 and 1983-1992
Education:Wellesly College
Yale Law School

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as secretary of state from January 2009 to February, 2013. She was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president of the United States, the first women to be nominated for U.S. president on a major party ticket. Prior to serving as secretary of state, Clinton served as the first lady of Arkansas from 1983 to 1992, first lady of 42nd United States President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and United States senator (D-NY) from 2001 to 2009. She is the only U.S. first lady to be elected to a national office.

Clinton was born October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with departmental honors from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in political science. She first caught national attention at her 1969 college graduation, as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She continued on to Yale Law School, graduating in 1973.

Clinton served as staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as a consultant for the Carnegie Council on Children during her postgraduate education. She moved to Arkansas in 1974, where she co-founded Arkansas Advocate for Children and Families in 1977 and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. In 1979, she was named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm.

As the first lady of Arkansas, Clinton successfully led the reform of the state's education system. As the first lady of the United States, her major initiative was the Clinton Health Care Plan; however, this failed to get approval by Congress. As first lady, Clinton was instrumental in advocating the creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the adoption of the Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.

Following her time as first lady, Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate for New York in 2000, the first female senator to represent New York state. In 2008, she was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, losing the nomination to Barack Obama. Clinton is the first U.S. first lady to run for the U.S. Senate and the presidency. In 2016, she became the first female U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major party, losing the general election but winning the popular vote by a margin of nearly 3 million votes.

For information on Clinton's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.  

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