William Jefferson Clinton

Gov. William Jefferson Clinton

Arkansas

Term(s)
January 9, 1979 - January 19, 1981
January 11, 1983 - December 12, 1992

Born
August 19, 1946

Party
Democrat

School(s)
Georgetown University, Oxford University, Yale University

NGA Position:
NGA Chair

Birth State
Arkansas

National Office(s) Served:
President

Family:
Married Hillary Diane Rodham; One child

Military Service:
Rhodes Scholar

BIO

WILLIAM “BILL” JEFFERSON CLINTON was born in Hope, Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs in 1968 from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1973, he joined the staff of the University of Arkansas School of Law and practiced in Fayetteville. He was elected attorney general in 1976 and in 1978 won his first bid for governor, becoming the nation’s youngest governor. In 1981, after losing reelection, he joined a Little Rock law firm. He ran again for governor and was elected in 1982, and reelected in 1984, 1986, and 1990. He served as chair of the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the Education Commission of the States. In 1986 he served as chair of the Southern Growth Policies Board and appointed to the third Commission on the Future of the South. He served as chair of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, overseeing the initiative “Making America Work: Productive People, Productive Policies” and leading an effort to develop a national welfare reform policy. Bill Clinton resigned as governor after his election to president in 1992.