Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton! (SLIDESHOW)

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011 |

On Hillary Clinton’s 64th birthday, we pay tribute to the U.S. Secretary of State and honor her years of public service, devotion and courage.

The Secretary of State has left an indelible mark on the history of the United States, starting out her public service as First Lady in 1992. During that time, Mrs. Clinton advocated for massive health care reforms, including to increase the number of those insured, and published her 1996 award-winning book, It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. And despite the odds, she ran for – and won – a Senate seat representing New York in 2000, making her the first First Lady ever elected to the Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York.

Below is a slideshow of Hillary Clinton throughout her years of public service:

1992

As First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary gained national attention when her husband became a candidate for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination. Source: United States Library of Congress

1997

Inauguration Day, January 20, 1997.

2001

Hillary poses for her picture as U.S. Senator in 2001. Source: Public US Senate Photo

2005

Hillary and husband Bill at the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade in June 2005.

2009

Hillary on an international trip to Liberia, August 2009.

2011

Hillary gives Keynote Address at Women and the Economy Summit in September 2011

2012

First Lady Michelle Obama (left), International Woman of Courage awardee (center), and Secretary Clinton at the State Department ceremony. State Dept Image / Mar 08, 2012

2013

Secretary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department. State Department photos by Michael Gross.

She boosted the hopes of women and girls everywhere during her historic run for president in 2008 contending closely with Barack Obama and John McCain. Instead, she was chosen by now President Obama to serve as Secretary of State, a job in which she represents the interests of the United States around the world and is involved in often intricate diplomatic talks to keep our relations with the world on track.

She best summed it up her life’s accomplishments in 1992, when she said: “Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is … For me, that balance is family, work, and service.”

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