Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton is a politician and former US Secretary of State, occupying the key foreign policy post from 2009 to 2013 after serving one and one-half terms as a senator from New York and running as a leading Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. She was also the first lady of the United States when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president from 1993 to 2001. Clinton has made a point of speaking openly about her Methodist faith and how it informs her policy stances. In particular, she cites religion as influencing her focus on children's issues, healthcare, and support of faith-based initiatives to help address poverty and build stronger communities. Like Barack Obama, Clinton made religious outreach a central part of her 2008 campaign, with several staffers devoted to the task and regular stops in places of worship. She is the author of Living History (2003) and It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (1996).
In campaign speeches, Clinton often referenced her history of involvement with the Methodist church to validate her religious credentials. She has continued this involvement throughout her career, teaching Sunday school after moving to Arkansas and joining a bipartisan Senate prayer group after her 2000 election. As First Lady from 1993 to 2001, Clinton focused on healthcare reform, child welfare issues, and international advocacy on women's rights.