William Jefferson Clinton

former President of the United States,
42nd President of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, and again in 1996. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. President Clinton’s core values of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America. His accomplishments as president include the creation of 22 million jobs, moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses, increasing investment in education, providing tax relief for working families, helping millions of Americans move from welfare to work, expanding access to technology, encouraging investment in underserved communities, protecting the environment, countering the threat of terrorism, promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. His Administration’s economic policies fostered the largest peacetime economic expansion in history. President Clinton previously served as the Governor of Arkansas, and chairman of the National Governors’ Association and Attorney General of Arkansas. As former chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, he is one of the original architects and leading advocates of the Third Way movement. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Foundation focuses on: health security; economic empowerment; leadership development, citizen service, and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation. The Clinton Presidential Center, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is comprised of the Library, the archives, Clinton Foundation offices and the Clinton School of Public Service. In 2002 President Clinton began the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), which works with individual governments and provides them with technical assistance, human and financial resources, and know-how from the sharing of the best practices across projects. The Initiative’s long-term goal is to develop replicable models for the scale-up of integrated programs in resource-poor settings. In September 2005, President Clinton hosted the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which is a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the U.S., President Clinton works through the Clinton Foundation’s Urban Enterprise Initiative to help small businesses acquire the tools they need to compete in the ever-changing urban marketplace. He also works along with the American Heart Association to combat childhood obesity and reverse this deadly trend facing American children. Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, President Clinton and former President Bush established the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist survivors in the rebuilding effort. President Clinton also served as the United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery for two years following the 2004 tsunami.