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Who is Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Views on Hillary Clinton have been diverse and confusing, so maybe it's time we looked at the facts. Hillary Rodham grew up in the Chicago area. She attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1969, and earned a J.D. From Yale in 1973. After serving as a legal counsel in Congress, she moved to Arkansas to marry Bill Clinton in 1975.

In 1977, she co founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corp. in 1978 and, the following year, she became the first woman partner at the Rose Law Firm. As First Lady of Arkansas (1979–81, 1983–92), she led a task force to reform Arkansas' public schools, and served on the board of many corporations.

As First Lady of the United States, Clinton led the failed effort to enact new health care reform. In 1997 and 1999, she helped create programs for children's health, insurance, adoption, and foster care. The only first lady to have been subpoenaed, she faced a federal grand jury in 1996 regarding the White Water controversy. No charges were brought against her.

Her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998, and overall her role as first lady drew a warm response.


Clinton was elected in 2000 as the first female senator from New York and the only first lady to seek elective office. Following the September 11 attacks, she voted to approve the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (which she later regretted), and sought to hasten the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

She voted against the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the United States Supreme Court. She was re elected to the Senate in 2006. Running for president in 2008, she won far more delegates than any previous female candidate, but lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

As Secretary of State in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013, Clinton faced the Arab Spring and advocaed military intervention in Libya. She was constantly applauded for her massive travel, dedication and diplomacy by leaders all over the world, Obama and others who worked with her.

However, there were still some things that many of the Republicans did not like about her handling of the Benghazi attack, so the House Select Committee conducted investigations related to it. Some claimed that this was done as a Republican ploy to discredit Clinton because of her possible run for the Presidency. However, outgoing Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner denied that the hearings were politically motivated.

On Oct. 22, 2015, Clinton testified all day and night before this committee. There were many heated exchanges between Republican committee members and Clinton and between the committee members, but Clinton was reported as emerging unscathed from the hearing, because of her calm demeanor amidst a lengthy, meandering, repetitive line of questioning.

Another controversy arose in March of 2015, when it was revealed that Clinton had used personal email accounts on a non government server when conducting official business. However, the emails in Clinton's server were retroactively marked classified, so none of them were classified when sent. Clinton admitted that her decision to use her own email was a mistake. There is still no evidence that she broke the law or jeopardized national security, because it isn't enough for Clinton to just have classified information where it's possible to be hacked, she would have to give classified information to someone else without authorization (like Gen. David Petraeus did when he showed classified documents to his mistress and then lied about it to the FBI).

Despite the enormous manpower and money that has been, and still is, being devoted to this, there is still no evidence that Clinton committed a crime.

After leaving office, Clinton authored her fifth book and undertook many speaking engagements before announcing her second run for the Democratic presidential primary. Even Republicans have admitted that Hillary has an incredible record and is now the most qualified person to be President.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.