Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan
This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The documentary covers her 1975 marriage to Bill Clinton, a fellow Yale Law School graduate. From there, she practiced law while he became attorney general and then governor of Arkansas. During this time Rodham Clinton gained a national reputation for her contributions to issues of women's and children's rights and public education, through her publications, public advocacies, and court cases. In 1991, before most Americans had heard of her, The National Law Journal named her one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in America. Also chronicled is the 1992 presidential campaign where she emerged as the dynamic and valued partner of her husband. The president also named her to head the Task Force on National Health Reform. In the summer of 1999, after much speculation, she formed an exploratory committee to prepare for a possible Senate bid in 2000, representing New York. Rodham Clinton formally entered the senatorial race in February 2000. She is the first wife of a sitting president to actively seek elective office. On May 16, 2000, Clinton received the Democratic nomination for the New York Senate seat.