Hillary Clinton Bio

Written by Steven Spear, Jr.


Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. After receiving a law degree from Yale University and marrying William (Bill) Clinton, the 42nd President, she went on to have an illustrious career and is one of the most experienced presidential candidates in modern U.S. history. As First Lady of the U.S. (1993-2001), she championed many social issues including children’s health insurance, foster care reform, and women’s rights. As a New York Senator (2001-2009), she voted in favor of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, against the Bush tax cuts, and in favor of the 2008 bailouts of the financial system. As Secretary of State (2009-2013), she advocated for a larger U.S. diplomatic presence throughout the world.

Policy Stances:

— The making of personal health decisions should be left up to a woman with the counsel of her doctor

Budget/Government Spending—Making sure the wealthy are paying their fair share will allow us to afford ambitious, progressive investments in good-paying jobs, debt-free college, and other measures to strengthen growth, broaden opportunity, and reduce inequality without adding to the debt

Crime—Strengthening the bonds of trust between our communities and our police, end the era of mass incarceration, and ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home

Economy/Jobs—Launch our country’s boldest investments in infrastructure since the construction of our interstate highway system in the 1950s; strengthen American manufacturing with a $10 billion “Make it in America” plan. Cut red tape, provide tax relief and expand access to capital so small businesses can grow, hire, and thrive

Education— Being able to refinance loans at current rates provides relief for borrowers; families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities

Environment—Establish the U.S. as the clean energy superpower of the world—with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of her first term and enough clean, renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of her taking office

Foreign Policy/National Security—Embrace all the tools of American power to be on the front lines solving problems, take out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria, work with our allies to dismantle global terror networks, and harden our defenses at home

Gun Control—Expanding background checks, taking on gun lobbyists that make it hard to pass gun reform; keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill

Healthcare—Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave while imposing no additional costs on businesses

Immigration—Push for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship will be introduced within her first 100 days; defend President Obama’s executive actions—known as DACA

Racial and LGBT Justice— Support legislation to end racial profiling; reform sentencing laws; support LGBT Americans; promote human rights of LGBT people around the world

Social Security— Expand Social Security; preserve Social Security for decades to come by asking the wealthiest to contribute more

Taxes—Implement a “fair share surcharge” on multi-millionaires and billionaires by closing loopholes that create a private tax system for the most fortunate; simplify and cut taxes for small businesses so they can hire and grow

Trade—Pursue smarter, fairer, tougher trade policies that put U.S. job creation first and get tough on nations like China that seek to prosper at the expense of our workers


Learn about Donald Trump’s policy stances


All information is quoted or paraphrased from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign website

Clinton, H. (2016). Learn More about Hillary’s Vision for America. Retrieved from https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/



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