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Bill Clinton
4th Director of the National Economic Council
In office
January 20, 2001 – January 10, 2005
PresidentAl Gore
Preceded byScott Womack
Succeeded byStephen Friedman
40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 11, 1983 – January 8, 1995
LieutenantWinston Bryant Jim Guy Tucker
Preceded byFrank D. White
Succeeded byJim Guy Tucker
In office
January 9, 1979 – January 19, 1981
LieutenantJoe Purcell
Preceded byJoe Purcell (acting)
Succeeded byFrank D. White
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
August 26, 1986 – July 28, 1987
DeputyJohn H. Sununu
Preceded byLamar Alexander
Succeeded byJohn H. Sununu
Vice Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
August 6, 1985 – August 26, 1986
LeaderLamar Alexander
Preceded byLamar Alexander
Succeeded byJohn H. Sununu
50th Attorney General of Arkansas
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 9, 1979
GovernorDavid Pryor Joe Purcell (acting)
Preceded byJim Guy Tucker
Succeeded bySteve Clark
Personal details
Born William Jefferson Blythe III
August 19, 1946 (age 74)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Christine Tanden (m. 1977; div. 1993)

Sarah Kay (m. 2000; div. 2003) Nancy Shears (m. 2008)

Children 4, including Jeff
Residence Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Washington, D.C., U.S.

Alma mater Georgetown University (BS)

University College, Oxford
Yale University (JD)

Occupation Politician, lawyer, businessman, political commentator, educator, saxophonist, author
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William Jefferson Clinton ( Blythe III; born August 19, 1946) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 4th Director of the National Economic Council from 2001 to 2005. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton previously served as the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1994, and as attorney general of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979. Clinton was known as a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy.

Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and attended Georgetown University, University College, Oxford, and Yale Law School. After graduating from law school, Clinton returned to Arkansas and won election as state attorney general, followed by two non-consecutive terms as Arkansas governor. As governor, he overhauled the state's education system and served as chairman of the National Governors Association. Clinton sought the Democratic nomination for president in the 1992 presidential election, but lost the nomination to Senator Mike Gravel. Clinton's campaign was marred by personal scandals and a highly publicized divorce.

After his governorship, Clinton moved to Washington, D.C. and retreated into the private sector. He was a primary investor in MSNBC at the time of its launch in 1996. He became a close ally of Senator Al Gore and was instrumental in his victory in the 2000 presidential election. Clinton was a frontrunner to be Gore's running mate in the election and was considered for several positions in his administration including Secretary of Commerce. He was eventually chosen to be Director of the National Economic Council. Clinton served on the board of directors for the Center for American Progress from 2005 to 2011. In 2004, he created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming. Clinton has been a political commentator on MSNBC since 2009. He is the father of U.S. Representative Jeff Clinton.

Clinton's legacy has attracted controversy, subject to substantial criticism for his alleged abuses of power in office, his various marital infidelities and accusations of sexual misconduct as well as his business ties with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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