28 photos that tell the story of Hillary Clinton’s political life

Consider this your (other) companion guide to Hillary Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," a visual look at a very public life.

Yes, Hillary Clinton's life in politics began long before her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected attorney general of Arkansas in 1976. She was active in politics in college, writing her thesis on Saul Alinsky and working with the Young Republicans and then on the presidential campaign of George McGovern. And she was an active participant alongside Bill in a way that few political spouses are.

But the story of Hillary Clinton that might end with her moving back into the White House, the story of one of the richest political careers in modern history, begins as her husband's did, in Little Rock.

First lady of Arkansas, 1979 - 1981, 1983 - 1992


First-term governor Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea, a week after her birth. March 5, 1980. (AP Photo/Donald R. Broyles)

Bill Clinton's sixth gubernatorial inauguration. Sept. 20, 1991. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Presidential candidate's wife, 1991 - 1992


Bill Clinton announces his intent to run for president. Nov. 3, 1991. (AP Photo)

Hillary on the campaign trail. June 19, 1992. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Bill denies having a relationship with Gennifer Flowers during his first campaign. Jan. 26, 1992. (AP Photo/CBS-TV via AP)

The Clintons at the Democratic National Convention. July 15, 1992. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

The Gores and Clintons on their arrival for the first inauguration. Jan. 17, 1993. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

First lady, 1993 - 2001


The Clintons on vacation in Hawaii. July 11, 1993. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Part of Hillary's push for Bill's health-care reform proposal. Oct. 1993. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher holds a copy of the New York Post accusing Hillary of purging the White House travel staff. Jan. 5, 1996. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin)

Hillary at the second Democratic nominating convention. Aug. 27, 1996. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Bill and Hillary with the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. July 25, 1996. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Bill thanks House Democrats who voted against impeaching him for perjuring himself during testimony about Monica Lewinsky. Dec. 19, 1998. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Senator, 2000 - 2009


Hillary appears with Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Buffalo Bills' Doug Flutie, and Bill Cosby. Nov. 6. 2000.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rep. Rick Lazio demands Hillary sign a campaign finance pledge during a debate, which did not help his cause. Sept. 13, 2000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Clintons pose with the cast of Avenue Q. Dec. 27, 2003. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Hillary at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. February 23, 2006. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Presidential candidate, 2007 - 2008


Bill stumps for Hillary. April 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary speaks to a friend from a campaign plane. Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton makes her case early in the campaign. Jan. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After the grueling Democratic primary, Clinton campaigns with Barack Obama. June 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Secretary of state, 2009 - 2013


Obama announces that he is nominating Hillary to lead the State Department. Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Hillary checks her phone in an image that went viral online. October 18, 2011. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary meets with the sultan of Oman. Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Sultan Al Hasani )

Hillary and Obama receive updates on the raid to capture Osama bin Laden. May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza, File)

Presidential front-runner, 2013 - 2014


Hillary testifies on Capitol Hill about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hillary prepares to give a speech on foreign policy. May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Clintons on-stage at a Clinton Global Initiative event. March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He previously wrote for The Wire, the news blog of The Atlantic magazine. He has contributed to The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Daily, and the Huffington Post. Philip is based in New York City.
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