- NAME: Hillary Clinton
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, U.S. First Lady, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: October 26, 1947 (Age: 66)
- EDUCATION: Wellesley College, Yale Law School, Yale Child Study Center
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
- AKA: Hillary Clinton
- Maiden Name: Hillary Diane Rodham
- AKA: Hillary Rodham
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, she became the only American first lady to hold national office. She became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013.
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The State Department, under Clinton's leadership, came under investigation after a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on September 11, 2012. An independent panel issued a report about the Benghazi attack, which found "systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.
Clinton, who said she took responsibility for security at the outpost in Benghazi, was scheduled to testify about the attack before Congress in December 2012. She canceled her scheduled testimony, however, citing a stomach virus and, later, a concussion that she suffered after fainting (the cause of which was later reported as dehydration). Some members of Congress questioned the timing of Clinton's illnesses, including Representative Allen West, who stated that he believed the secretary of state was suffering from "a case of Benghazi flu" on the day she was scheduled to testify.
On December 30, 2012, Clinton was hospitalized with a blod clot related to the concussion that she had suffered earlier in the month. She was released from a New York hospital on January 2, 2013, after receiving treatment, and soon recovered and returned to work.
Clinton's testimony on the Benghazi attack came on January 23, 2013. Speaking to members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, she defended her actions while taking full responsibility for the incident, and was moved to tears when discussing the American citizens who were killed in Benghazi. "As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility, and nobody is more committed to getting this right," she told the House, adding, "I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure."
Since taking office in 2009, Clinton repeatedly stated over the years that she was only interested in serving one term as secretary of state. She officially stepped down from her post at the State Department on February 1, 2013.
Clinton has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election. However, she has not publicly discussed her possible interest in another bid for the White House.
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