Former U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Diane Rodham was born in 1947, and grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. After graduating from Wellesley College, she entered Yale Law School where she met Bill Clinton. In 1974, at the height of the Watergate scandal, Clinton worked on the staff assisting the House Judiciary Committee with its investigation of the Nixon administration. She later joined Bill Clinton in Arkansas and they were married in 1975. She served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School before joining the Rose Law firm in 1976. Bill and Hillary became parents with the birth of their daughter, Chelsea, in 1980. During her 12 years as First Lady of Arkansas, Clinton remained a strong advocate for the welfare of children and higher educational standards. When she became the nation’s First Lady, she chaired the Task Force on Health Care Reform. In 2000, Clinton was elected Senator from the state of New York and served through re-election in 2006. In 2007, Clinton began her campaign for President of the United States, losing to Barack Obama but ultimately serving in his cabinet as Secretary of State. She served for four years until running for the second time for president, becoming the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination for President. While she won the popular vote of the 2016 election, she failed to win the Electoral College and conceded the race to Donald J. Trump.