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Hillary Clinton: A Political Life

The long arc of Hillary Clinton's political life has taken her from first lady to first female candidate on a major party ticket.

Hillary Rodham poses in her 1965 senior class portrait from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. AP
At Yale Law School, Hillary Rodham met Bill Clinton. She would write later that the attraction was immediate, and that they shared an intellectual bond that never broke: "Bill Clinton and I started a conversation in the spring of 1971," she wrote in the memoir, "and more than 30 years later, we're still talking." William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Hillary Rodham, a lawyer for the Rodino Committee, and John Doar, left, chief counsel for the committee, bring impeachment charges against President Richard Nixon in the Judiciary Committee hearing room at the U.S. Capitol in 1974. David Hume Kennerly / Getty Images
Bill and Hillary Clinton pose with week-old baby Chelsea on March 5, 1980, during his first term as governor of Arkansas. Donald R. Broyles / Associated Press
Former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, celebrate his victory in the Democratic runoff on June 8, 1982 in Little Rock, Ark., defeating former Lt. Gov. Joe Purcell en route to a return to the Arkansas governorship. Associated Press
"60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt speaks with Democratic presidential candidate Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton after lights fell during an interview with the couple. During the interview with Steve Kroft, the two discussed their marriage after allegations that Bill Clinton had a 12-year extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers. "I'm not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," Hillary said. CBS Photo Archive via AP Photo
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, say goodbye to supporters with running mate Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, on July 17, 1992, before beginning a cross-country bus tour from New York to St. Louis. Tim Clary / AFP/Getty Images
Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs daughter Chelsea during a farewell address to the people of Arkansas on Jan. 16, 1993, before leaving for the White House and her new position as first lady. David Ake / AFP - Getty Images
President Bill Clinton hugs his wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea after being sworn in Jan. 20, 1993 as the 42nd president of the U.S. Carlos Schiebeck / AFP - Getty Images
First lady Hillary Clinton, daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton and the family dog, Buddy, depart the White House for a two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 18, 1998 - the day after the president gave a televised address to the American people regarding his grand jury testimony in which he admitted to an improper relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images
New York Senator-elect Hillary Clinton celebrates with Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her victory rally in New York on Nov. 7, 2000. Mrs. Clinton defeated Republican Rep. Rick Lazio to become the first presidential spouse elected to Congress. Ron Edmonds / AP
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to firefighters during a tour of the World Trade Center disaster site on Sept. 20, 2001. Mike Albans / Pool via REUTERS
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., hugs her daughter, Chelsea, at her Feb. 5, 2008 Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York. Elise Amendola / AP
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton exchange words during a debate in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2008. Deborah Cannon / AP
Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the National Building Museum on June 7, 2008 in Washington. Clinton endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama and thanked her supporters for standing behind her in one of the longest Democratic primary seasons in history. Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to Vice President Joseph Biden as President Barack Obama meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office on Aug. 18, 2009. Former Sen. George Mitchell is in the background. Dennis Brack / EPA
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the historical Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, on Oct. 29, 2009. Clinton said on Thursday it was "hard to believe" that no one in Pakistan's government knew where al Qaeda leaders were hiding, striking a new tone on a trip where Washington's credibility has come under attack. Pool via Reuters
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand with their daughter Chelsea Clinton during her marriage ceremony with Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Chelsea Clinton married her longtime boyfriend Mezvinsky, ending weeks of secretive build-up about the former first daughter's wedding. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," Bill & Hillary Clinton said in a statement. Barbara Kinney / AFP - Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, left, and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority shakes hands as they re-launch direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 2, 2010. Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, left, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011. Also pictured is Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right. A classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured by the source. Handout / Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile device upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 18, 2011. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets National Transitional Council officials at the steps of her C-17 military airplane upon her arrival in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011, to hold talks with officials in Libya's new regime. Kevin Lamarque / AFP - Getty Images
Pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hold hands as they speak after meeting at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 2, 2011. Clinton traveled to the country on a two-day visit, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Tunis, Tunisia on Feb. 24, 2012 for meetings with Western and Arab nations to demand that Syria implement an immediate ceasefire to allow aid in for desperate civilians in the absence of an international consensus on intervention. Jason Reed / Reuters
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk away from the podium during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony for the return of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Libyan embassy employees at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sept. 14, 2012. Stevens and the three other embassy employees were killed when the consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a football helmet she received as a gift upon her return to work at the State Department on Jan. 7, 2013, following a month-long absence caused by a series of health scares, including a blood clot in her head. Clinton became ill on her return from a trip to Europe on Dec. 7 and was hospitalized for a few days in New York. US State Dept. via AFP - Getty Images
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bids farewell on her last day in office at the State Department in Washington Feb. 1, 2013, saying she is "confident about the direction that we have set." Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22, 2015 in Washington. Republicans lawmakers aggressively questioned Hillary Clinton for eleven hours about the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Hillary Clinton arrives for the official launch of her presidential campaign on Roosevelt Island in New York on June 13, 2015. Andrew Gombert / EPA

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders debate during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14, 2016 in New York.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walk through falling balloons during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite / AP