Hillary Clinton's Biography

Hillary Clintom Speaking at a Podium As the wife of the 42nd president and Democratic senator of New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton's goal is moving back into the White House -- this time as the country's first woman president. In March 2007, Clinton's campaign started an initiative to mobilize woman voters and help break what she deemed the "hardest and highest of all glass ceilings."

First Lady and Senator

Her name recognition began as the first lady when her husband, former President Clinton, held office from 1993 to 2001. During his term as president, Hillary Clinton focused on children, families and women's rights. She led an unsuccessful attempt for universal health care but helped craft a health insurance program for children. In 2000, she ran successfully for New York's U.S. Senate seat and was easily re-elected in 2006.

A Headstrong Leader

She has used her position on the Senate Armed Services Committee to question the Bush administration's foreign policy and has called for a cap on troops levels in Iraq. But despite pushes from antiwar activists, Clinton has refused to renounce her 2002 vote to authorize the war in Iraq. After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton was a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund and served on the impeachment inquiry staff advising the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal.

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