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Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton served as President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. President John F. Kennedy encouraged teenage Clinton to enter a life of public service during a meeting in the White House Rose Garden.

After graduating for Yale University with a law degree in 1973, Clinton entered politics in his home state of Arkansas. In 1974, Clinton ran for Congress but was defeated. Clinton married Hillary Rodham in 1975. Arkansas elected him as the state’s Attorney General in 1976 and as Governor in 1978. Losing his bid for a second term, Clinton regained the office two years later, and held the position until winning the 1992 presidential election.

As President of the United States, Clinton

  • balanced the budget for the first time in decades,
  • signed into law the Brady Bill, which instituted a mandatory waiting period for handgun purchases,
  • implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act to protect the jobs of parents with sick children
  • prioritized legislation that strengthened education and the School-to-Work program, and
  • pushed for legislation to protect the nation’s environment and public health.

Clinton was also successful internationally. Under his presidency, Clinton dispatched peacekeeping forces to conflict-ridden Bosnia, expanded NATO, encouraged more international trade, and began a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking.

Bill Clinton gives the Dole Institute of Politics’ inaugural Dole Lecture. Clinton and his former rival, Bob Dole, have worked together since the 1996 election on our nation’s World War II Memorial and a scholarship fund for families of 9/11 victims. Currently, Clinton is President of the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on worldwide issues need our immediate attention.

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