Bill Clinton is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.
Prior to his presidency, he served as governor of Arkansas and as attorney general of Arkansas. He was the second U.S president to be impeached.
He oversaw the country’s longest peacetime economic expansion.
- Born: 19 August 1946, Hope, Arkansas, United States
- Full name: William Jefferson Clinton
- Presidential term: 20 January 1993 – 20 January 2001
- Spouse: Hillary Rodham Clinton (m. 1975)
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About Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was born on 19 August 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, United States. Son of William Jefferson and Virginia Kelley. Unfortunately, Bill was born three months after his father died in an automobile accident.
Later his mother Virginia Kelley married Roger Clinton. During in high school Bill took his step father name “Clinton”.
Clinton enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1964 and graduated in 1968 with a degree in international affairs.
During his freshman and sophomore years he was elected student president, and during his junior and senior years he worked as an intern for Sen. J. William Fulbright, the Arkansas Democrat who chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Fulbright was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War, and Clinton, like many young men of his generation, opposed the war as well.
He received a draft deferment for the first year of his studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1968 and later attempted to extend the deferment by applying to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
After graduating from Yale University Law School in 1973, Clinton joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he taught until 1976.
In 1975, Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham, whom he had met while a law student at Yale. In 1980 Chelsea, their only child, was born.
Bill Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978, but lost a bid for re-election in 1980.
He regained the governorship two years later and served until 1993. During his 12 years in office, Governor Clinton earned national recognition for his progressive programs, especially his efforts to improve the quality of public education.
As governor, he overhauled the state’s education system and served as chairman of the National Governors Association.
Clinton was elected president in 1992, defeating incumbent Republican opponent George H. W. Bush. At age 46, he became the third-youngest president in history.
Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. He signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, but failed to pass his plan for national health care reform.
In the 1994 elections, the Republican Party won unified control of Congress for the first time in 40 years. In 1996, Clinton became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second full term.
He passed welfare reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as financial deregulation measures.
During the last three years of Clinton’s presidency, the Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus—the first such surplus since 1969.
In foreign policy, Clinton ordered U.S. military intervention in the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, signed the Iraq Liberation Act in opposition to Saddam Hussein, participated in the 2000 Camp David Summit to advance the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, and assisted the Northern Ireland peace process.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II, and has continually received high scores in the historical rankings of U.S. presidents.
Since leaving office, he has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. He created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.
In 2004, Clinton published his autobiography, My Life. In 2009, he was named the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti and after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he teamed with George W. Bush to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
In addition, he secured the release of two American journalists imprisoned by North Korea, visiting the capital Pyongyang in 2009 and negotiating their release with then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.