Not only is Hillary Clinton the only American First Lady to hold political office, she is the first to run for President and the first former First Lady to serve in a president's cabinet. Clinton won election to the U.S. Senate in 2000, becoming New York's first female Senator, and she became a Democratic hopeful for the 2008 Presidential elections. In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but she ultimately lost by a slim margin to then-Senator Barack Obama. Clinton currently serves as the 67th United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Barack Obama.
As an accomplished lawyer, heath care advocate and presidential adviser, Clinton broke the traditional mold of first ladies. She served as a key strategist during Bill Clinton's presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996 and throughout his eight years in the White House. She attracted criticism for her active role in determining White House policy, but her personal approval ratings soared after revelations that her husband had an affair with a young intern.
Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Park Ridge, Ill., a middle-class suburb of Chicago. She graduated in 1969 from Wellesley College and in 1973 from Yale Law School, where she met her husband. They married in 1975, and have one child, Chelsea, who was born in 1980.
U.S. Dept. of State
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Clinton as First Lady
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On the Issues
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