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The First Woman Congressional Senator of NYS
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary R Clinton

On November 7, 2000, attorney, author and advocate Hillary Rodham Clinton became the only First Lady elected to public office in the United States, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. In 2007, Clinton began her historic campaign President, but lost the primary to Barack Obama. In 2008, Clinton campaigned for Obama/Biden, who won the Presidential race and nominated Clinton to be Secretary of State. On January 1, 2009, Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State.

 

The following information was sourced from these locations:

--Ryan-Germani, Mary Ann "United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton." New York Red Book 96 ed. (2001-2002): 1005-1006. Women in Congress

Background:
Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947 to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham.

Education: Wellesley College and Yale Law School

Career Highlights:
1977 - Appointed by President Jimmy Carter to chair the Legal Services Corporation.

1986-1989 - Chaired the board of the Children's Defense Fund.

1987 - Served as chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Women in the Profession.

As First Lady of Arkansas, she was Chairwoman of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, co-founder of the Arkansas Advocate for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Children's Defense Fund.

As First Lady of the U.S.
, Clinton fought to pass the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance for millions of working families. She worked to increase funding for breast cancer research, and treatemtne for breast cancer, prostate and colon cancer, osteroporosis and juvenile diabetes.

She led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and provide health care for millions of children through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

With Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Clinton worked to launch the government's Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, which is today a non-governmental organization which trains and organizes women ledaders worldwide.

1993 - Appointed by President Bill Clinton to chair the Task Force on National Health Care. The efforts of Hillary and her task force culminated in the Health Security Act of 1994.

In the Senate, Clinton worked to expand economic opportunity and access to affordable health care. She also fought for better health care and benefits for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.