Biography: Hillary Clinton

Hillary (Rodham) Clinton was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, the eldest of three children. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Hillary attended Wellesley College and became involved in student politics. She graduated in 1969 and attended Yale Law School. She met Bill Clinton at Yale and graduated Yale in 1973.

Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1980 Chelsea was born.

In 1992 her husband was elected president and she became first lady. During this time they invested in the Whitewater real estate project which late became the subject of congressional hearings. In 1998 the White House went through the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Despite her husband’s impeachment, he was not convicted and remained in office.

In 1999, Hillary sought and won the New York U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the retiring incumbent. In early 2007, she announced her plans to run for president but when it became apparent she wouldn’t get enough support she withdrew.

Hillary became the secretary of state when she was nominated by Obama. Her leadership went under investigation after an attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed 4. She stepped down February 2013 citing she was only interested in serving one term.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the 2016 Democratic Nominee in July 2016.

Donald Trump was born in Queens, NY in 1946. He was the fourth of five children born to Frederick and Mary Trump. Frederick was a real estate developer and builder. Donald attended the New York Military Academy when he was 13. He graduated in 1964 and went on to Fordham University. After two years he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.

He worked with his father in the summers while a student in the real estate business. In 1971 he started with building projects in Manhattan when he went off on his own to Manhattan. In 1973 his business practices were called in question and there was a Fair Housing Act complaint against him. It was settled in 1975.

In 1980 he opened the Grand Hyatt. He also acquired property in Atlantic City which eventually became known as Trump Plaza. In 1982, he opened Trump Tower. There are many more holdings and hotels.

In 1999, he formed an exploratory committee to see if he wanted to seek nomination of the Reform Party for the 2000 race. When he had a poor showing in the California primary, he withdrew.

In 2004 he started the series The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and became famous for the catch-phrase “You’re fired.”

He became the Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. He chose Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate for Vice President.