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Clinton in 2016
|67th United States Secretary of State
January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013
|United States Senator
from New York
January 3, 2001 – January 21, 2009
|Daniel Patrick Moynihan
|First Lady of the United States
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
|First Lady of Arkansas
January 11, 1983 – December 12, 1992
|Gay Daniels White
January 9, 1979 – January 19, 1981
|Gay Daniels White
|11th Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
January 2, 2020
|Thomas J. Moran
Hillary Diane Rodham
October 26, 1947
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Wellesley College (BA)
Yale University (JD)
|List of honors and awards
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American politician. She is married to former President of the United States Bill Clinton. When her husband was President, she had the title of First Lady of the United States. Hillary Clinton was the first former First Lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate, where she served New York from 2001 to 2009. She was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 under President Barack Obama. Clinton was the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. She lost the election to Donald Trump on November 8, 2016. Clinton is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and education
Hillary Diane Rodham was born at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago. She was raised in Park Ridge, a suburb located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. Her parents were Hugh E. Rodham and Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham. She is of Welsh, English, French and French Canadian ancestry. Hillary grew up with two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.
In 1969, Rodham entered Yale Law School. She received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale in 1973. Then, she began a year of post-graduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.
First Lady of the United States (1993-2001)
When she was First Lady, she tried to change the health care system. Some people didn't like it when the planning meetings were kept secret from the public. In the end, too many people did not want the changes that she wanted.
While she was First Lady, her husband, President Clinton, was accused of lying to the court during a deposition (A deposition is a time before the trial when a witness or defendant is asked questions under oath.) He had been doing something he was not supposed to do and did not tell the truth about it. This was a difficult time in Hillary's marriage.
When she decided that she wanted to be a senator, she chose New York even though she never lived there. Some accused her of "carpetbagging" because of this. She went on to win the election and won a second term in 2006.
When the war between the United States-led coalition and Iraq was about to start, she voted in favor of the war, which, as of 2015, she had said she regrets doing.
2008 presidential campaign
Hillary Clinton had raised more money than anybody else in the 2008 Presidential campaign, but later had big money problems for her campaign by May 7, 2008. She lost the party nomination to Barack Obama, but she campaigned for Obama after this.
United States Secretary of State (2009-2013)
In mid-November 2008, Obama and Clinton talked about whether she could be the next U.S. Secretary of State in his presidency. On November 21, some reports said Hillary Clinton had accepted his offer.
During her term as Secretary of State, Clinton used her position to bring more attention to women's rights and human rights. She traveled the world more than any other U.S. Secretary of State to that point. She encouraged the use of social media to share the country's positions.
Clinton did not want to serve a second term as secretary. Once Barack Obama won his re-election, he announced that John Kerry would succeed Clinton as secretary. Clinton left office on February 1, 2013.
2016 presidential campaign
In 2016, Clinton became the first woman in the History of the United States to be a major party presidential candidate. In the polls, Clinton kept her lead for the nomination although she faced several challenges from Senator Bernie Sanders. Clinton won the popular vote 48% to 46%; however she lost the general election to Donald Trump winning 227 of the electoral college to Trump's 304.
After the 2016 election
In April 2017, Clinton said she would not seek public office again. In October 2018, she received an Honorary Degree from Queen's University Belfast. She became chancellor of the university on January 2, 2020.
In January 2023, Columbia University announced that Clinton would join the university as professor of practice at the School of International and Public Affairs and as a presidential fellow at Columbia World Projects.
While working as a faculty member at the Law School of the University of Arkansas, she married Bill Clinton on October 11, 1975. He was also working as a faculty member at the same university. Both knew each other and were classmates at the Yale Law School. Their only child is their daughter Chelsea Clinton, born on February 27, 1980.
Hillary Clinton quotes
- "...so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control."
- "Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in."
- "Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward."
- "Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it. Not now."
Interesting facts about Hillary Clinton
- In 1964, when she was about 17, Hillary tried to help the Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater become President of the United States.
- In 1973, Hillary graduated from Yale University with a Juris Doctor degree, a pre-law degree that is the first step in becoming a lawyer.
- She worked in the case to impeach President Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal.
- She was First Lady during another impeachment process: her husband, Bill Clinton's impeachment.
- While her husband was President, Hillary helped to create the 1993 Health Security Act.
- Hillary was the first spouse of an American President to have their own office in the West Wing of the White House.
- Under the Obama administration, she helped open more trade between the U.S. and China.
- While she was Secretary of State, she travelled to 112 different countries.
- Hillary is a Cubs fan.
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