U.S. Senate (D-NY)
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate by the people of New York on November 7, 2000, after years of public service on behalf of children and families. A strong advocate for New York, Senator Clinton works with communities throughout the state to strengthen the economy and expand opportunity. The Senator supports a return to fiscal responsibility because she knows that wise national economic policies are essential to protect America’s future.
Senator Clinton serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Special Committee on Aging; and she is the first New Yorker ever to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She chairs the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, responsible for communicating with the public about key issues before Congress.
A proponent of immigrant rights, Senator Clinton is committed to creating a comprehensive system that respects both the rule of law and our immigrant heritage and American values. She supports comprehensive immigration reform, which is based on strengthening our borders, new enforcement laws that are both strict and fair, harsh penalties for workers who exploit undocumented workers, expediting reunification of families, and a path to earned citizenship for undocumented workers who are willing to meet high standard for becoming citizens.
In the 2004, Senator Clinton supported visas for skilled and non-skilled workers by cosponsoring Senate Bill 2381, the SOLVE Act, to increase annual limits on H-2B visas granted to foreign workers. She also cosponsored Senate Bill 1545, the DREAM Act, which respectively grants in-state tuition and amnesty to college-age immigrants and amnesty to immigrants under the age or 21 who have been physically present in the country for more than five years.
In October of 2002, Senator Clinton’s office attended a series of bipartisan meetings held by Senator Chuck Schumer with representatives from the Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Central Intelligence Agency. The purpose of the meetings was to facilitate dialogue between the relevant federal agencies, members of Congress, and concerned citizens over the implementation of our non-immigrant visa policies, including the Section 306 of the Enhanced Border Security & Visa Enter Reform Act. Section 306 of the Act contemplates a ban on the issuance of all non-immigrant visas to residents or nationals of the countries that appear on the Department of State's list of state sponsors of international terrorism - including Iran.
First Elected: 2000
Committees: Special Committee on Aging; Armed Services; Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Prev. Occupation: Public Official
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: BA Wellesley College, 1969; JD Yale University, 1973