William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.
The President of the United States of America is the elected head of state and head of government of the United States.
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Clinton was Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979.
The Arkansas Attorney General is an executive position and constitutional officer within the Arkansas government.
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A member of the Democratic Party, ideologically Clinton was a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy.
In politics, the Third Way is a position akin to centrism that tries to reconcile right-wing and left-wing politics by advocating a varying synthesis of right-wing economic and left-wing social policies.
Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas, and is an alumnus of Georgetown University, where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Phi Beta Kappa Society and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford.
The Rhodes Scholarship, named for the British mining magnate and South African politician Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for non-British students to study at the University of Oxford.
Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher education in the United States.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States, with 286 active chapters.
Clinton is married to Hillary Clinton, who served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, who was a Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and who is the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 2016.
The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Both Clintons earned law degrees from Yale Law School, where they met and began dating.
As Governor of Arkansas, Clinton overhauled the state's education system, and served as chairman of the National Governors Association.
The National Governors Association is an organization consisting of the governors of the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States.
Clinton was elected President in 1992, defeating incumbent George H. W. Bush.
George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
At age 46, Clinton was the third-youngest president, and the first from the Baby Boomer generation.
Baby boomers are the demographic group born during the post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964.
Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history, and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.
After failing to pass national health care reform, the Democratic House was ousted when the Republican Party won control of the Congress in 1994, for the first time in 40 years.
Two years later, in 1996, Clinton became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second term.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1945.
Clinton passed welfare reform and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, providing health coverage for millions of children.
The State Children's Health Insurance Program – now known more simply as the Children's Health Insurance Program – is a program administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides matching funds to states for health insurance to families with children.
Welfare reforms are changes in the operation of a given welfare system.
In 1998, Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury before a grand jury and obstruction of justice during a lawsuit against him, both related to a scandal involving White House employee Monica Lewinsky.
Monica Samille Lewinsky is an American activist, television personality, fashion designer, and former White House intern with whom President Bill Clinton admitted to having had what he called an "inappropriate relationship" while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996.
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or of falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding.
Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate in 1999, and served his complete term of office.
The United States Senate is a legislative chamber in the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the House of Representatives makes up the U.S. Congress.
The Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus between the years 1998 and 2000, the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
In foreign policy, Clinton ordered U.S. military intervention in the Bosnia and Kosovo wars, signed the Iraq Liberation Act in opposition to Saddam Hussein, and participated in the 2000 Camp David Summit to advance the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.
The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 is a United States Congressional statement of policy stating that "It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq..."
The 2000 Camp David Summit was a summit meeting at Camp David between United States president Bill Clinton, Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat.
Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. President since World War II. Since then, Clinton has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier.
An opinion poll, sometimes simply referred to as a poll, is a human research survey of public opinion from a particular sample.
Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes, such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.
Global warming and climate change are terms for the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system and its related effects.
The Clinton Foundation is a nonprofit corporation under section 501 of the U.S. tax code.
In 2004, Clinton published his autobiography My Life.