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Hillary Clinton's Biography

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Who is Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton was born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1969, Hillary Rodham entered Yale Law School, where she met Bill Clinton. The former President recalls how Hillary strode up to him and said, "If you're going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself."

Hillary and Bill Clinton married in 1975. Hillary Clinton joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School in the same year.

She joined the Rose Law Firm in 1976.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Hillary Clinton to the board of the Legal Services Corporation.

Hillary's daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.

In 1993 Hillary Clinton chaired the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.

She continued to be a leading advocate for expanding health insurance coverage, ensuring children are properly immunized, and raising public awareness of health issues.

In 1996, Hillary Clinton wrote the best-selling book, 'It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us'.

Also in 1996, in the so-called 'Whitewater Affair', she became the first wife of a President to appear before a grand jury.

Hillary Clinton was elected United States Senator for New York on November 7, 2000.

In 2003 Hillary Clinton published 'Living History' about her eight years in the White House.

By the end of January 2006, Hillary Clinton had raised over $33 million for her Senate re-election campaign.

Her donors included Paul Newman, Danny DeVito and Jerry Seinfeld's family.

In January 2007, Hillary Clinton announced that she was in the race to be President: "I will form an exploratory committee to run for president."

The Presidential race turned into a close run thing between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

In June 2008, the Democratic primaries finished and Barack Obama had gained enough delegates to be nominated.

On June 7, 2008, Hillary Clinton officially confirmed that she had suspended her campaign to become the Democratic nominee for US president and urged her supporters to back Barack Obama.

On 1 December 2008, Barack Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.

On 12 April 2015, Hillary Clinton formally entered the 2016 Presidential race.

She appeared a very strong favourite to win the nomination, but at the Iowa caucus, the first of the campaign, she only managed to squeak past Bernie Sanders, picking up 49.9% of the vote compared to his 49.6%.

On 8 June 2016, Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the Democratic race although her rival Bernie Sanders still vowed to fight on.

It was the first time a woman had won a Democratic or Republican nomination for the President.

On 12 July 2016, Mrs Clinton received the endorsement of Bernie Sanders in her bid for the Presidency.

On 26 July 2016, Hillary Clinton was formally nominated as the Democratic Party presidential candidate.

On 11 September 2016, Hillary Clinton, who had been attending a 9/11 memorial ceremony, fell ill and cancelled a campaign trip to California after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Hillary Clinton lost out to the Republican candidate Donald Trump in the Presidential election on 8 November 2016.

In 2017, she published her memoir What Happened.

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