Hillary Clinton: 9 Interesting Facts

1. Hillary was a Republican supporter
Hillary Clinton was part of a young Republican group and in 1964 she campaigned for the Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. She later switched to the Democratic Party in 1968.

2. Hillary was part of the presidential impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon.
As a young attorney in 1974, Hillary worked for John Doar, who was the Special Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives, he was in charge of inquiry considering to impeach Richard Nixon during the Watergate Scandal.

3. Hillary was the first woman from Arkansas to be First Lady of the United States.
As the 44th First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to have also been the First Lady of the State of Arkansas. Her husband Bill is also the only president of the United States from Arkansas.

4. Hillary Clinton says NASA told her they were ‘not accepting girls as astronauts’.
In her 2003 Memoir, Living History, Hillary Clinton said that around 1961 as a 14- year-old she wrote a letter to the NASA space agency. She expressed her interest in becoming an astronaut but received a letter back saying they didn’t accept girls onto their astronaut program, which left her ‘infuriated’.

5. Hillary worked in a fishery canning factory
As a college student Hillary Clinton worked in several jobs. According to firstladies.org she claimed in the summer of 1969 that she worked in a fishery canning factory in Valdez, Alaska.

6. Hillary was the first former First Lady to be elected to the United States Senate.
Hillary was elected to the United States Senate in November 2000, having been the First Lady of the United States between January 1993 to 2001. In doing so she became the first ever woman to have held both posts.

7. Hillary was twice named on the list of influential lawyers in America
While a practicing lawyer, Hillary was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America in both 1988 and 1991. She received these accolades whilst she was also the First Lady of Arkansas.

8. Hillary had her own office in the West Wing during her husband’s presidency.
Hillary Clinton was the only First Lady to have an office in the West Wing of the White House, working next to offices housed by President Bill Clinton’s senior staff.

9. Hillary attempted to pass Health Reform during the husbands’ presidency.
President Bill Clinton named Hillary to become the head of a task group to lead Heath Reform during his first presidential term. Hillary became the third First Lady to testify before the House of Congress when she appeared in front of the US House of Congress committee for health insurance reform in September 1993. However, the Health Reform Bill was never passed because votes on the Bill were abandoned.

Article by Farouq Suleiman