A look back at America's reigning political power couple

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton on their wedding day in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Oct. 11, 1975.
  • Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, Jan. 1972.
  • Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1975.
  • Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 40th governor of Arkansas, Jan. 9, 1979, with wife, Hillary, by his side.
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton with their newborn daughter, Chelsea, in March 1980.
  • Arkansas Gov. and Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton, with wife Hillary at his side, speaks to students on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, June 1, 1992, seeking their support on the eve of the California primary election.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, shares a laugh with Scott Stillman of Queens, New York, March 30, 1992, as they ride the New York City subway. Clinton, campaigning for her husband, was en route to New York University where she delivered a speech to law students.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign bus tour in 1992.
  • Decked out in 1950s style clothing, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton arrives for his 46th birthday party in a 1967 Mustang, Aug. 19, 1992. The Arkansas governor was joined by wife Hillary, daughter Chelsea and hundreds of friends and supporters for “Billy’s Bepop Birthday Bash” outside Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Hillary Clinton joins her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, during a run in Little Rock, Arkansas on Aug. 25, 1992.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, relax during a campaign tour in Bedford, New Hampshire, Feb. 16, 1992.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton, of Arkansas, and his wife Hillary, listen together as speakers talk about Clinton during his bus tour campaign stop on Aug. 7, 1992 in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Clinton and his running mate, Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee, are touring the Midwest on a three-day campaign tour.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea cheer Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in  July 1992 in New York City.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gives his daughter Chelsea a hug as wife Hillary looks on during the Democratic National Convention, 1992.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton hugs his wife Hillary at an election night party at the Merrimack Inn, in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Feb. 18, 1992.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, running mate Al Gore, and Tipper Gore lounging in the back of their campaign bus in 1992.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton puts his arm around his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as they stand on the back of a pickup truck in front of thousands of people gathered at the airport rally in McAllen, Texas, Nov. 2, 1992.

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When Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham met at Yale Law School in the early 1970s, no one could have predicted the journey the two would take together. In the decades that followed, the power couple embarked on a life in the spotlight unlike any other in American political history.

The Clintons are once again the focus of intense media scrutiny after Hillary Clinton officially announced her bid for president in mid-April. She quickly took to social media, posting a Facebook video about her decision, and jumping on her campaign bus to drive to the early primary state of Iowa. During this campaign cycle, the former secretary of state is reportedly focused on promoting a more accessible, friendly persona by meeting with small groups of people in more casual settings.

While Clinton takes her turn as the presumed Democratic front-runner for the 2016 election, this is an opportunity for Bill to provide support while remaining on the edges of the spotlight.

In the late ’70s, with Hillary at his side and building a formidable legal career of her own, Bill became governor of Arkansas. He was elected president in 1992 and, in the two terms he served as president, the couple weathered a tumultuous decade in which he faced the calls for impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, as well as the investigation into the Whitewater real estate controversy. Nonetheless, Hillary and Bill emerged intact as couple and strong enough that the former leading man stepped back to take on a supporting role as Hillary’s political career gained momentum. 

In 2000, during the final year of Bill Clinton’s terms as president, the former first lady was elected to serve as a New York senator. Three years later, she published her memoir “Living History.” Hillary announced her first run for president a year after being reelected to the Senate in 2006. After a fraught battle against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, she endorsed the Illinois senator. He went on to appoint her as his secretary of state shortly after taking office. In 2013, Hillary resigned the position, fueling rumors that she might consider another run for the presidency. 

While the country largely anticipated her second bid for president, Hillary Clinton seemed to inch toward the decision in the months leading up to her official announcement. Along the way, one life event did have the political couple suspending their political activities briefly, though — on Sept. 27 of this year, their daughter Chelsea Clinton gave birth to their first grandchild, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

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