In her four years as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton helped restore America’s leadership and standing in the world. Secretary Clinton worked tirelessly to revitalize American diplomacy and strengthen alliances by traveling nearly a million miles to meet with foreign leaders in 112 countries, more than any other Secretary of State in history. As America’s top diplomat, she spearheaded progress on some of our country’s most difficult national security challenges. Check out more examples of Hillary Clinton’s exemplary record as Secretary of State below.
Throughout her life, Hillary Clinton has fought for income opportunity at the local, national and international level. She believes that no family, no child and no American should miss the opportunity for a better future because of the ills of income inequality.
Secretary Clinton brought the State Department into the 21st Century by adapting it to address emerging threats and developing issues throughout the world. She strengthened the State Department’s efforts on counterterrorism and utilized the power of the internet to combat Al-Qaeda. As Secretary, she recognized the need for a durable energy security policy to prevent violence and conflict that arises from threats to energy resources. And Secretary Clinton revitalized the State Department to improve the economic outreach of America’s diplomats by creating new positions to carry out her vision of economic statecraft.
While many in the GOP remain obsessed with politicizing this national tragedy, Secretary Clinton has continuously focused on ensuring this tragedy does not happen again. The more than 25 senior level staff briefings, 12 hearings, at least 3 independent reports, dozens of interviews, and the disclosure of more than 25,000 pages of documents have revealed the facts surrounding the Benghazi attack, but right-wing groups have ignored and distorted those facts for their own political gain. The facts are clear: Hillary Clinton was the “most on top of the situation” on the night of the attack. She took action and adopted all 29 of the recommendations from the Accountability Review Board, and she pledged all 29 initiatives would start being implemented by the time the next Secretary of State took office.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked hard to advance America's interests around the world, even when situations were challenging. Secretary Clinton successfully secured Russia’s cooperation to combat terrorism in Afghanistan, worked with Russia to secure critical sanctions against Iran, and oversaw the passage and enactment of the New START Treaty.
Hillary Clinton’s record on foreign policy goes back even before her time as Secretary State. As First Lady of the United States, she was a forceful voice in China for human rights and women’s rights. As Senator, she fought to hold China accountable for its unfair trade practices that hurt American workers. Secretary Clinton also oversaw the shift in U.S. foreign policy known as the “pivot to Asia” which brought focus to strengthening economic ties and trade as well as standing up for democracy and human rights. Her record in China is one of consistently advocating for America’s interests and values.
Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has been an advocate for children, focusing on children's health care, education, foster care and adoption – all of which have outcomes that directly impact children and their families. She understands the importance that the future of our children's well-being not only has on America, but the world.
Hillary Clinton has been a champion for advancing equal opportunities for women and girls in America and around the globe, calling women’s empowerment "one of the great causes of my life.”
Hillary Clinton has a strong record on immigration, including supporting comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. She has also worked to extend health benefits to low-income immigrant children and to provide language and job training programs for immigrant workers.