|Former U.S. Secretary of State|
|January 21, 2009-February 1, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||December 1, 2008|
|Confirmed||January 21, 2009|
|Appointed||January 21, 2009|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|United States Senator|
|First lady of the United States|
|First lady of Arkansas|
|High school||Maine South High School|
|J.D.||Yale Law School|
|Date of birth||October 26, 1947|
|Place of birth||Chicago, IL|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Confirmation vote
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Citizen
- 4.2 U.S. Secretary of State
- 4.3 U.S. Senator
- 4.4 First lady of the United States
- 4.5 On The Issues Vote Match
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Hillary is the wife of President Bill Clinton and served as the first lady during President Clinton's two terms. She also ran in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008 against Barack Obama. She has not announced her intentions for the 2016 presidential election despite being considered a top contender.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Clinton attended Maine East High School until being redistricted during her senior year to Maine South High School. She went on to earn a degree from Wellesley College before attaining a J.D. from Yale Law School. She met future husband Bill Clinton at Yale.
As a high schooler, Clinton was an active Republican, even campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1968. After her first year at Wellesley she changed her views, and she become a Democrat. She stayed politically active throughout her college years, working for Walter Mondale and George McGovern's presidential campaign.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Clinton's academic, professional and political career:
- 1969: Graduated from Wellesley College
- 1973: Earned J.D. from Yale Law School
- 1973-1974: Attorney for the Children's Defense Fund
- 1974: Member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate Scandal
- 1974-1977: Director of Legal Aid Clinic and Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas School of Law
- 1976-1979: Attorney at Rose Law Firm
- 1978: Member of board of directors of Legal Services Corp.
- 1979-1980: Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas School of Law
- 1979-1992: Partner at Rose Law Firm
- 1979: Chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee
- 1983: Director Arkansas Education Standards Committee
- 1992-2001: First lady of the United States
- 1993: Leader of Task Force on National Healthcare Reform
- 2001-2009: United States Senator from New York
- 2003: Author of "Living History"
- 2007: Presidential candidate for 2008 Democratic primary
- 2008: Suspended presidential campaign
- 2009-2013: U.S. Secretary of State
|Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmation vote, January 21, 2009|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
Ferguson, MO shooting and riots
- See also: Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri
Clinton made her first comments on the shooting and violence in Ferguson, stating, "We don't want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that." She also showed support for President Obama sending Attorney General Holder to the area in an effort to quell the violence, saying, "I applaud President Obama for sending the attorney general to Ferguson and demanding a thorough and speedy investigation."
U.S. Secretary of State
On October 15, 2012, Clinton claimed responsibility for the security of the diplomatic mission to Libya that was attacked on September 11, 2012. The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. A State Department employee, Eric Nordstrom, claimed at a congressional hearing on October 11, that his request for more security to be present in Libya was denied by his superiors prior to the attack. Clinton was also under fire because of the initial classification of the attack by United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video instead of a planned terrorist attack. On December 19, the State Department announced the forced leave of four officials after an independent report was produced suggesting the officials "showed a lack of ownership of Benghazi's security issues." Clinton was summoned before congressional committees on January 23 to testify on her knowledge of the attack. During the heated testimony, Clinton said of the requests for more security, "I didn't see those requests. They didn't come to me."
On August 20, 2013, the State Department announced the reassignment of the four officials placed on leave. Representative Darrell Issa responded by stating, "Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll." Following the conclusion of a State Department investigation into Benghazi on September 16, Issa was not satisfied with the findings and stated, "We can certainly have Mrs. Clinton back; our view is that we need to get to the facts."
In January 2014, Clinton called the attack her biggest regret. She said, "It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans -- two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two C.I.A. operatives. You make these choices based on imperfect information. But that doesn't mean that there's not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns."
On May 2, 2014, newly released documents from the White House led Issa to accuse the president of withholding the documents about the talking points used by Rice, stating, "It’s disturbing, and perhaps criminal, that these documents were kept from the public. It comes in a week in which the American people have learned that you cannot believe what the White House says…and you cannot believe what the president says." The document, an email from deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes went to, among others in the administration, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The email was meant to prep Rice for a media appearance, urging her "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy," as well as instructing her "to reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges." Carney disputed that the statements originated with the administration, claiming, "The only thing that refers to Benghazi is a cut-and-paste which, much to your disappointment and your boss’ disappointment, turned out to be produced by the CIA."
Republican members of Congress fired back in response to Carney's dismissal of the email. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) stated, "[T]his White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to mislead, obstruct, and obscure what actually took place…this White House been callously dismissive of our efforts to get answers." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also spoke out about Carney, saying, "He has destroyed his own reputation by that statement that clearly was the talking points, which had nothing to do but Benghazi, saying it had nothing to do with Benghazi. That, to me, is an all-time low for a presidential spokesperson."
On May 8, 2014, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was chosen to lead a special committee investigating the attack in Benghazi and the administration's actions regarding the attack. The committee was made up of seven Republicans and five democrats. When asked if the State Department would comply with the committee's requests, Kerry stated, "We’ll respond because we have absolutely nothing to hide whatsoever and I look forward to complying with whatever responsibilities we have."
Troubled Asset Relief Program
Clinton voted in support of HR 1424 - Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. The bill passed the Senate on October 1, 2008, by a vote of 74-25 The bill authorized the formation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program for the Treasury Secretary to buy troubled assets from financial institutions. Voting was split in both parties.
Secure Fence Act
Clinton voted in support of HR 6061 - Secure Fence Act of 2006. The bill passed on September 29, 2006, by a vote of 80-19. The bill authorized the construction of 700 miles of additional fencing along the United States-Mexico border. The Democratic Party split on the vote.
Clinton voted in support of HJ Res 114 - Use of Military Force Against Iraq. The resolution passed on October 11, 2002, by a vote of 77-23. The resolution authorized the use of the United States military against Iraq. The Democratic Party split on the vote.
No Child Left Behind
Clinton voted in support of HR 1 - No Child Left Behind Act. The bill passed on December 18, 2001, by a vote of 87-10. The bill implemented annual testing of students and cut funding to schools that achieved sub-standard test results. The bill was largely supported by both parties.
Clinton voted in support of HR 3162 - USA Patriot Act of 2001. The bill passed on October 25, 2001, by a vote of 98-1. The bill allowed law enforcement more authority in searching homes, tapping phone lines and tracking internet information while searching for suspected terrorists.
First lady of the United States
Task Force on National Health Reform
Clinton was chosen by her husband, President Bill Clinton, to lead the Task Force on National Health Reform following his inauguration in 1993. She worked with, among others, the secretaries of the Health and Human Services, Defense, Treasury, Commerce and Veteran Affairs to shape a universal health care plan for America. In September 1993, President Clinton gave a speech on the health care plan to Congress, which faced immediate criticism from Republicans and the health care industry. The 1,342 page plan was not released until late October, and in the following months, the plan continued to lose support. The health care industry released an ad campaign criticizing the proposal called "Harry and Louise," which focused on the increased bureaucracy and mandates of the bill. The bill underwent many changes during its time in multiple committees, and there was little support left when it went to the Senate floor in July 1994. In September 1994, Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell declared the bill dead. Opponents referred to it and similar proposals as "Hillarycare" for years following its failure. In the mid-term election that followed, Democrats lost control in both the House and the Senate.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Clinton is a Liberal Populist. Clinton received a score of 56 percent on social issues and 16 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Neutral|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Opposes|
|Support & expand free trade||Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Opposes|
|Prioritize green energy||Favors||Expand the military||Neutral|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Favors||Stay out of Iran||Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Clinton is considered a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. On September 5, 2014, Clinton announced she would make a decision about her presidential candidacy after January 1, 2015. She stated, "I am going to be making a decision … probably after the first of the year about whether I’m going to run again or not." According to Politico, Clinton "is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign that will most likely be launched in early April and has made decisions on most top posts, according to numerous Democrats in close contact with the Clintons and their aides."
When the U.S. was in its formative years, a secretary of state ascending to the presidency was commonplace, but the last secretary of state to be elected to the nation's highest office was James Buchanan in 1856.
On November 7, 2006, Hillary Clinton won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated John Spencer (R), Howie Hawkins (G), Jeffrey T. Russell (L), Roger Calero (Socialist Workers) and William Van Auken (Socialist Equality) in the general election.
On November 7, 2000, Hillary Clinton won election to the United States Senate. She defeated Rick Lazio (R), Mark J. Dunau (G), Jeffrey E. Graham (Independence), John O. Adefope (Right to Life), John Clifton (L), Louis P. Wein (Constitution) and Jacob J. Perasso (Socialist Workers) in the general election.
Comprehensive donor information for Clinton is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Clinton raised a total of $83,177,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.
|Hillary Clinton's Campaign Contribution History|
|2006||U.S. Senate (New York)||$51,567,732|
|2000||U.S. Senate (New York)||$31,609,673|
|Grand Total Raised||$83,177,405|
Cost per vote
Clinton spent $13.57 per vote received in 2006.
|United States Senate, 2006 - Hillary Clinton Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$5,849,610|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$5,660,688|
|Top contributors to Hillary Clinton's campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$2,744,933|
|U.S. Department of State Annual Budget|
|Year||Budget (in billions)||% Difference from previous year|
- Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.
Ideology and leadership
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clinton's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,710,008.00 and $26,551,000.00. That averages to $16,130,504.00, which ranked sixth among members of the executive branch. Her average calculated net worth decreased by 48.3% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clinton's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $10,740,011.00 to $51,654,000.00. That averages to $31,197,005.50, which ranked fifth among members of the executive branch.
Clinton is married to former U.S. President Bill Clinton. They have one daughter, Chelsea.
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- NPR, "Obama Brings Hillary to Cabinet, GOP to Ariz. State House," December 1, 2008
- Biography.com, "Hillary Clinton," accessed September 5, 2013
- Politico, "Hillary Clinton all but running," September 20, 2013
- Park Ridge Public Library, "Hillary Rodham Clinton," accessed September 5, 2013
- FactCheck.org, "Hillary Worked for Goldwater?," March 27, 2008
- New York Times, "Senate Vote 6 - On the Nomination," January 21, 2009
- The Hill, "Clinton breaks Ferguson silence," August 28, 2014
- CNN, "Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security," October 16, 2012
- CNN, "U.S. official says superiors worked against effort to boost Benghazi," October 11, 2012
- New York Times, "4 Are Out at State Dept. After Scathing Report on Benghazi Attack," December 19, 2012
- CNN, "Clinton takes on Benghazi critics, warns of more security threats," January 24, 2012
- Huffington Post, "State Department Officials Reassigned After Leave Related To Benghazi Attacks," August 20, 2013
- Politico, "Darrell Issa: I can call Hillary Clinton back," September 18, 2013
- Political Wire, "Clinton Calls Benghazi Attack Her Biggest Regret," accessed January 28, 2014
- Politico, "Benghazi returns to the spotlight," May 1, 2014
- Politico, "Charles Krauthammer on Benghazi emails," April 30, 2014
- Politico, "John McCain: Jay Carney at an 'all-time low'," May 5, 2014
- Roll Call, "Republicans’ Benghazi Panel Appointments Likely Friday," May 8, 2014
- Politico, "John Kerry: I’ll comply with House GOP’s Benghazi request," May 6, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Democrats appoint 5 members to Benghazi select committee," May 21, 2014
- Talking Points Memo, "These 7 Republicans Will Serve On The Benghazi Select Committee," May 9, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1424 - Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments," accessed September 24, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 6061 - Secure Fence Act of 2006," accessed September 24, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HJ Res 114 - Use of Military Force Against Iraq," accessed September 24, 2013
- Project Votes Smart, "HR 1 - No Child Left Behind Act," accessed September 24, 2013
- HR 3162 - USA Patriot Act of 2001," accessed September 24, 2013
- New York Times, "Hillary Clinton to Head Panel on Healthcare," January 26, 1993
- New York Times, "CLINTON'S HEALTH PLAN; A.M.A. Rebels Over Health Plan In Major Challenge to President," September 30, 1993
- New York Times, "THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE: What Went Wrong? How the Healthcare Campaign Collapsed -- A special report.; For Healthcare, Times Was A Killer," August 29, 1994
- World History Project, "Bill Clinton's Universal Healthcare Initiative fails in Congress," accessed September 20, 2013
- On The Issues, "Hillary Clinton Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Politico, "Hillary Clinton: Decision after first of year," September 5, 2014
- Politico, "Inside Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plan," accessed February 23, 2015
- Christian Science Monitor, "Hillary Clinton 2016: How many secretaries of State became presidents?," May 2, 2013
- The Guardian, "US elections: Barack Obama wins Democratic nomination for president," June 3, 2008
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Career Fundraising for Hillary Clinton," September 2013
- OpenSecrets, "2006 Election Cycle, Hillary Clinton" accessed September 20, 2013
- U.S. Department of State, "Budget and Planning - International Affairs Budget," accessed January 31, 2014
- GovTrack, "Hillary Clinton," accessed September 17, 2013
- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- OpenSecrets, "Clinton, (D-NY), 2011"
- OpenSecrets, "Hillary Clinton, 2010"
|U.S. Secretary of State
| Succeeded by|
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
|U.S. Senate - New York
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|First lady of the United States
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