Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York. She is married to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, and was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Before that, she was a lawyer and the First Lady of Arkansas.
Departing from the traditional role of the First Lady, Clinton was directly involved in policy-making during her husband's presidency. She headed the unsuccessful Task Force on National Health Care Reform, and initiated the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Her prominent role has been at times controversial, and generated debate on the changing status of women in America.
In 2000, Clinton was elected to a seat in the United States Senate, becoming the only First Lady ever to run for and be elected to public office, as well as the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. As senator, she sits on the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Special Committee on Aging. She was easily re-elected Senator in 2006. Although she has not yet announced her intentions, Clinton is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in the 2008 presidential election.