Clinton, Hillary Rodham

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A lawyer and the wife of William Jefferson Clinton. She attended law school with her future husband, and after their marriage she was his indispensable ally during his rise in Arkansas politics. After Bill Clinton became president, he appointed her to head a national task force on health reform. She publicly stood by him amid various allegations of marital infidelities, including the Monica Lewinsky affair, and she actively supported candidates of the Democratic party during elections. In 2000 she was elected U.S. senator from New York.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has aroused strong emotions of both support and hostility. She is generally considered more left-wing than her husband.

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