16 Photos of Hillary Clinton Before She Became Democratic Presidential Nominee


On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton will enter a new stage of her career when she accepts her party's nomination for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, the first woman to earn that designation. But the 68-year-old has been making moves in the political sphere for decades.

In President Barack Obama's keynote speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, he was effusive in his endorsement of Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination in 2008 and later, his secretary of state.

"There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," Obama said.

Indeed, Clinton's years in politics — two terms in the U.S. Senate and one as secretary of state — and around it, as first lady during both of husband Bill Clinton's presidential terms and both his Arkansas gubernatorial terms, and through her work as a lawyer, have already provided her with a lifetime's worth of political experience.

Here are some of those moments, as captured on camera:

As the first lady of Arkansas, 1992

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On the campaign trail, 1992

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Looking decidedly better off than Bill, 1992

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Making headbands great again while campaigning with Bill, 1992

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Getting the FLOTUS rundown from predecessor, Barbara Bush, 1992

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Singing with Kermit at the Kennedy Center, 1993

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At the Inaugural Ball, 1993

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Getting a word in on the White House lawn, 1994

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At the Taj Mahal during a tour of South Asia, 1995

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Meeting Mother Teresa, 1995

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Proving that she was Neo before Neo was Neo, 1998

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Visiting Ground Zero with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as New York senator, 2001

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Making her point in a primary debate, 2007

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Getting sworn in as secretary of state on Obama's "team of rivals" administration, 2009

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Being debriefed on the death of Osama bin Laden in the White House's Situation Room, 2011

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Launching her 2016 White House bid in Iowa, 2015

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