Who Is Hillary Clinton?

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Early Life

Born in Chicago on October 26, 1947, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton started life as a Republican. She actively campaigned for Republican presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater in 1964. Young Hillary became inspired to participate in public service after attending a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago. Finally, she transitioned into a Democrat in 1968. Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975.

An Active First Lady

Hillary Clinton had never been a typical first lady. She served as the first lady of Arkansas for 12 years and first lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Mrs. Clinton participated in numerous national programs. She worked especially for women’s right and universal healthcare. Some critics regarded her as politically naïve and overambitious when her universal healthcare coverage failed. It was not even debated in Congress. However, Hillary never stopped. She became famous nationally and internationally.

Official Beginning of National Politics

Politics were never Hillary’s career goal. But, she has always been heavily involved in them. When president Clinton’s retirement was drawing near, Hillary was elected as Senator of New York in 2000 and became an important Democrat decision-maker.

Hillary is said to be Cubs baseball fan. In her opinion, “Being a Cubs fan prepares you for life, and for Washington.” When Mr. Clinton campaigned for the presidency in 1992, he joked that he was presenting voters with two presidents "for the price of one.”

From Senator to Presidential Candidate

During her first term as senator, Hillary Clinton engaged herself again in health care, children's and women's rights. She was reelected in 2006. She decided to run for US president in 2008. Her campaign ran well initially but she was eventually edged out of the show by Barack Obama.

Secretary of State

Securing the Democrat nomination, Barack Obama finally became the president of the United States and named Hillary as the 67th Secretary of State. She was appointed as the first ever female US cabinet member. Hillary Clinton visited more than 112 countries setting a new record for any secretary of state.  She took responsibility for the Benghazi incident, though, and resigned in 2013.

Mission Presidential Election, Again

On April 12, 2015, Hillary declared her plan to run for the presidential nomination for the second time. Her campaign-in-waiting has issued a mission statement, "We Are Hillary for America." It states that her mission is to give, "every family, every small business and every American a path to lasting prosperity."

Published Books

Hillary’s first ever book was published in 1996, entitled “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” In 1998 and 2000, her books, “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets” and “An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History” were published. She published a best-selling memoir, “Living History” in 2003. Her last book “Hard Choice” was published in 2014 where she portrays her experience as the secretary of state. 

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