Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker. She served as the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Clinton also served as a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. She is the author of three memoirs: What Happened, Hillary, and Hillary: A Memoirs of a First Lady.
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker. She served as the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Clinton also served as a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. She was the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party. Clinton lost the presidential election to Republican opponent Donald Trump in the Electoral College despite winning a plurality of the popular vote. Clinton is the current chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of three memoirs: What Happened, Hillary, and Hillary: A Memoirs of a First Lady, published by Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (originally $35.99). She is also the founder of Onward Together, a political action organization dedicated to fundraising for progressive political groups. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a former vice-president of the Republican National Committee. She has two younger brothers: Tony Rodham and Hugh Hugh Rodham, both of English, Scottish, and Welsh descent. Her mother, Dorothy Howell, was a homemaker of Dutch, French Canadian, and Scottish descent. Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1973. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
In 1978, she was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation. She married future president Bill Clinton in 1975; the two had met at Yale. In 1979, she served as first lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992. Clinton advocated for gender equality at the 1995 UN conference on women. She supported the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002 but opposed the surge of U.S. troops in 2007. In 2008, Clinton ran for president but was defeated by eventual winner Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries. Clinton made a second presidential run in 2016. After winning the Democratic nomination, she ran in the general election with Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. As a child, Clinton was a favorite student among her teachers at the public schools she attended in Park Ridge. She participated in swimming and softball and earned numerous badges as a Girl Scout. Clinton has often told the story of being inspired by U. S. Space Race efforts during the 1961 Space Race and sending a letter to NASA asking what she could do to become an astronaut, only to be informed that women were not being accepted. She lost the election for junior class president for her senior year but then lost the class for her junior year for her high school senior class. In 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a leading role in advocating the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act.