Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, serving her freshman term since January 3, 2001. She is married to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, and was First Lady of the United States during his two terms from 1993 to 2001. Before that, she was a lawyer and the First Lady of Arkansas.
A sometimes controversial public figure who has been involved in debates over cultural changes, Hillary Clinton did not adopt the typical secondary role of a First Lady upon her arrival at the White House, preferring to remain directly involved in national politics. She became the first First Lady to run for public office and the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. She is running for re-election to the Senate in 2006, and is considered by many in the media and politics as the early front-runner in the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2008.