Hillary's life steeped in politics
Hillary Diane Rodham was born in October 1947 in Chicago. In the 1960s she attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and became active in student politics.
She went on to Yale Law School, where she met Bill Clinton. They married in 1975. She remained politically active after Mr Clinton became Arkansas governor in 1978.
When Mr Clinton campaigned for the presidency in 1992, he joked that he was offering voters two presidents "for the price of one".
She later became the first-ever first lady to serve in the US cabinet. During her four-year tenure, Mrs Clinton visited 112 countries – more than any previous secretary of state.