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1 Early life and career
2 College and law school years
3 Early political career (1976-92)
4 Presidency (1993-2001)
5 Public opinion
6 Public image
7 Post-presidency (2001-present)
8 Honors and recognition
9 Authored books
11 See also
13 Further reading
14 External links Bill Clinton
"William Clinton" redirects here. For other uses, see William Clinton (disambiguation) .
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III ; August 19, 1946) is an politician who served as the President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He previously served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and as the from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party , ideologically Clinton was a , and many of his policies reflected a philosophy of governance.
Clinton was born and raised in , and is an alumnus of , where he was a member of and Phi Beta Kappa and earned a to attend the . He is married to Hillary Clinton , who served as from 2009 to 2013 and who was a from 2001 to 2009. Both Clintons earned from , where they met and began dating. As , Clinton overhauled the state's education system, and served as of the .
Clinton was elected president in 1992 , defeating incumbent . At age 46, he was the and the first from the baby boomer generation. Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history, and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement . After failing to pass national health care reform , the Democratic House was ousted when the won control of the in 1994 for the first time in 40 years. Two years later, Clinton became the first Democrat since to be elected president twice. He passed and the , providing health coverage for millions of children. In 1998, he 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 (and later ) employee Monica Lewinsky . He was acquitted by the U.S. Senate in 1999 and served his complete term of office. The 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 and wars, signed the in opposition to , and participated in the to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since . Since then, he has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and . In 2004, he published his autobiography My Life . He has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, including his wife's campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in and , and 's presidential campaigns in and . In 2009, he was named United Na