This is one in a series of Fast Facts offered from the CNN Library giving a more in-depth look at a person or topic in the news.
Here's a look at the life of Hillary Clinton.
Personal: Birth date: October 26, 1947
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Hillary Diane Rodham
Father: Hugh Ellsworth, a businessman
Mother: Dorothy (Howell) Rodham
Marriage: Bill Clinton, (October 11, 1975 - present)
Children: Chelsea, December 27, 1980
Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1969; Yale University Law School, J.D., 1973
Other Facts: Hillary and Bill Clinton met in the Yale Law Library in the early 1970s.
The first former First Lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate and to hold a federal Cabinet-level position.
Timeline: 1964 - Works on the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.
1968 - Switches to the Democratic Party and campaigns for Eugene McCarthy.
1970 - Works as a summer intern for civil rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman.
1973 1974 - Works as an attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.
January 1974 - Begins working for John Doar, the special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, who is in charge of the inquiry in to the possible impeachment of President Nixon.
August 1974 - Moves to Arkansas to teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 - Director of Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 and 1979-1980 - Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1978 - President Jimmy Carter appoints Clinton to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., an organization that provides federal funds to legal-aid bureaus throughout the United States.
1976-1992 - Attorney at Rose Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas. Is named partner in 1979.
1978 - Bill Clinton is elected governor of Arkansas. Hillary continues to work at Rose Law Firm, making her the first First Lady of Arkansas to continue working while her husband is governor.
1979 - Governor Clinton appoints Hillary chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee, whose members deal with the issue of providing health care in isolated areas.
1979 - The Whitewater Development Corp. is formed by the Clintons and James and Susan McDougal.
1980 - Clinton loses the 1980 gubernatorial election. He returns to office in 1982, and is re-elected in 1984, 1986, and 1990.
1983 - Governor Clinton appoints his wife to head the Arkansas Education Standards Committee.
1991 - Hillary Clinton is named one of the 100 most influential U.S. lawyers by the National Law Journal.
1992 - Bill Clinton is elected president.
January 1993 - The President names Clinton to lead the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.
September 28, 1993 - Testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of President Clinton's health care package. The health care reform bill is later defeated by Congress.
February 6, 2000 - Announces her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
May 16, 2000 - Accepts the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for U.S. senator.
September 20, 2000 - Independent counsel Robert Ray announces that the evidence found in the Whitewater case is insufficient to prove that the Clintons knowingly participated in any criminal conduct.
November 7, 2000 - Is elected to the U.S. Senate with 56% of the vote.
February 13, 2001 - Makes her first address on the floor of the Senate.
June 9, 2003 - Releases her memoir, "Living History." The book sells over 200,000 copies on its first day of release.
November 7, 2006 - Clinton is re-elected for a second term.
January 20, 2007 - Announces she is creating an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.
January 8, 2008 - Wins the New Hampshire democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
June 7, 2008 - Suspends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Obama.
August 27, 2008 - Clinton is formally nominated as a candidate for president at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She receives 341 votes before interrupting the roll call to ask that Obama be nominated by acclamation.
September 2008 - Campaigns across the country for the Obama/Biden ticket.
January 21, 2009 - Is confirmed as secretary of state.
October 15, 2012 - During an interview with CNN, Clinton takes responsibility for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. She claims as head of the State Department the security of more than 60,000 people in 275 posts is her responsibility.
December 15, 2012 - Sustains a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting.