Hillary Clinton, currently the Secretary of State and highest-ranking member of Barack Obama’s cabinet, has been a powerful figure in the Democratic Party for nearly 20 years. First rising to prominence as the First Lady when Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001, she quickly made a name for herself. As First Lady, Hillary Clinton spearheaded a task force that developed a health care reform proposal that, while not passed by Congress, laid the groundwork for Obama’s health care plan to pass.
In 2000, Clinton became the first First Lady to run for and win public office, becoming the first female senator from the state of New York. In 2008, Obama only narrowly defeated her for the Democratic presidential nomination, though Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any female candidate in history. Obama then appointed her to be his Secretary of State. While Clinton has said this will be her last political office, many pundits have put her name out as a top candidate for the 2016 election.