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Hillary Clinton

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U.S. Secretary of State (? - 2013)

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (b. October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois) served as the Secretary of State of the United States of America from 2009-2013. She is also a former Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of New York. Clinton served in the Senate from 2001-2009. She was the first former first lady to serve in the U.S. Senate and in a president's cabinet.

Clinton ran for president of the United States in 2016, receiving the Democratic nomination at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016. She was defeated by Donald Trump in the general election on November 8, 2016.

Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton and served as the first lady during President Clinton's two terms. She also ran in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008 against Barack Obama.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Clinton attended Maine East High School until being redistricted during her senior year to Maine South High School. She went on to earn a degree from Wellesley College before attaining a J.D. from Yale Law School. She met future husband Bill Clinton at Yale.

As a high schooler, Clinton was an active Republican, even campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1964. After her first year at Wellesley, she changed her views and became a Democrat. She stayed politically active throughout her college years, working for Walter Mondale and George McGovern's presidential campaign.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Clinton's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 1969: Graduated from Wellesley College
  • 1973: Earned J.D. from Yale Law School
  • 1973-1974: Attorney for the Children's Defense Fund
  • 1974: Member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate Scandal
  • 1974-1977: Director of Legal Aid Clinic and Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law
  • 1976-1979: Attorney at Rose Law Firm
  • 1978: Member of board of directors of Legal Services Corp.
  • 1979-1980: Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law
  • 1979-1992: Partner at Rose Law Firm
  • 1979: Chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee
  • 1983: Director of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee
  • 1992-2001: First lady of the United States
  • 1993: Leader of Task Force on National Healthcare Reform
  • 2001-2009: United States Senator from New York
  • 2003: Author of "Living History"
  • 2007: Presidential candidate for 2008 Democratic primary
  • 2008: Suspended presidential campaign
  • 2009-2013: U.S. Secretary of State