Bill Clinton served as president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Elected to his first term on Nov. 3, 1992 by defeating incumbent president George H.W. Bush, he officially became the 42nd president on Jan. 20, 1993.
When re-elected in 1996, Clinton was the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win a second term. The United States experienced a time of relative peace and economic security under President Clinton, but his administration was not without its problems. He did not realize his goal of passing a health care reform act, and he was the second president to be impeached while in office. A Yale-educated attorney and a Rhodes scholar, he was active in Arkansas politics prior to seeking national office.