Elected President of the United States in 1992 and 1996, Bill Clinton led the country through the longest economic expansion in its history. His emphasis on community, opportunity and responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; creating 22 million new jobs; maintaining low levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime; and achieving the highest homeownership rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the?William J. Clinton Foundation?with the mission of strengthening the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers worldwide working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative and the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative.
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times?after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008?to help raise money for recovery efforts. He also served as the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and is now the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti to assist its people and government as they build back better from recent storm and earthquake damages and implement their economic vision for the future.
President Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have one daughter, Chelsea, and a son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky.
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