Hillary Clinton Biography

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Birth Name: Hillary Clinton
Born: 10/26/1947
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hoping to recreate the reform success she had in Arkansas, Clinton was tasked by her husband with reforming the country's health care system, which failed in a highly public and embarrassing manner, sending her approval ratings plummeting. Weathering the white-hot scandals that threatened to destroy the couple, most notably the near-hysterical witch hunt atmosphere surrounding Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, Clinton emerged from the most scathing attacks any First Lady in history had ever undergone with her popularity on the rise, in great part due to her resilience and strength. Her independent spirit was much better appreciated when, after Bill Clinton finished his second term, Clinton ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2000 as a New Yorker. Seasoned and savvy, Clinton proved an exceptional politician and inspired a complete turnaround in popular opinion, so much so that she ran for the Democratic presidential spot in 2008 as the frontrunner. Although Barack Obama eventually won, Clinton's success represented a historical feminist breakthrough and Obama named her his secretary of state. Hailed as a dedicated, hyper-capable badass, Clinton became the most popular and respected member of Obama's cabinet, setting a record for the most-traveled secretary of state, ever. Vindicated by history and recognized as one of the country's most intelligent, powerful, important political resources, Clinton saw her popularity continue to rise, with many calling for her to run for president in 2016 when Obama finished his second term.

By Jonathan Riggs