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Chelsea Victoria Clinton (born February 27, 1980) is the daughter and only child of Bill Clinton, the 42nd U.S. President, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State.

Early years

Clinton was born in Little Rockmarker, Arkansasmarker. Her name was inspired by her parents' fondness for Judy Collins's 1969 recording of the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning".

Clinton was described as a precocious child; for example, as a toddler, a family friend claims that instead of saying, "I have to get a shot," she would say, "I have to get my immunizations." While in elementary school, Clinton skipped the third grade. Her parents encouraged her academic excellence, with her father keeping a miniature desk for his daughter in the governor's office when he was Governor of Arkansas.

In Little Rock, Clinton attended Forest Park Elementary School, Booker Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School and Horace Mann Junior High School.

Throughout her childhood, Clinton enjoyed volleyball, cards, ping pong and movies. She became a vegetarian.

Teenager at the White House

Clinton moved into the White Housemarker on the day of her father's first inauguration on January 20, 1993, when she was twelve years old. Her U.S. Secret Service cryptonym was Energy.

In Washington, D.C.marker, she attended Sidwell Friends Schoolmarker. She was a National Merit Scholarship finalist in 1997. Having taken dance classes since she was four years old, Clinton began taking ballet courses at the Washington School of Ballet in 1993. She played the role of the Favorite Aunt and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Washington Ballet's 1996 production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Additionally, she was a chairperson on the board for the School of American Ballet. Clinton is also a veteran of the Model United Nations.

On February 5, 1999, just before the U.S. Senate vote on her father's impeachment, People ran a cover story on her which irked the First Family, as well as the Secret Service.

She assumed some of her mother's White House hostess responsibilities when her mother was campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2000, continuing until the end of her father's presidency on January 20, 2001.

Life after the Clinton presidency

Chelsea with her parents in the 1997 inaugural parade.
At Stanford Universitymarker, where Clinton did her undergraduate studies, she had declared a major in chemistry with an interest in medicine before switching to history after two years. The film Chasing Liberty (2004) was said to be inspired by a photograph of Clinton at a Stanford basketball game, trying to blend in with other students. In 2001, she graduated from Stanford; her undergraduate thesis topic was the 1998 Belfast Agreement in Northern Irelandmarker. She went on to earn a Master's degree at University College, Oxfordmarker, in international relations.

In 2003, Clinton joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York Citymarker, New Yorkmarker; she was the youngest person hired in her class. In the fall of 2006, she left McKinsey and went to work for Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund run by Marc Lasry, a donor to Democratic causes and supporter of the Clintons. She serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and has also served as co-chairperson of a fund-raising week and for her father’s Clinton Foundation.

In 2005, Clinton took up residence in New York City in the Gramercy neighborhood on Manhattanmarker's East Side. During the November 2006 mid-term election, in which her mother was running for re-election to the Senate, attention was drawn to her residence when it was discovered that an error at her 20th Street polling station had resulted in her name not being in the voting book. Clinton was allowed to vote via a paper ballot.

In November 2009, Clinton announced her engagement to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, son of former Iowamarker congressman Edward Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvaniamarker congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, and nephew of Norton Mezvinsky.

Clinton is currently studying Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Campaigning for her mother

Until her mother began her presidential campaign, Clinton had never publicly commented about any of her parents' policies or public statements. But she did begin to rally support for her mother and speak publicly on her behalf. In May 2006, her mother publicly apologized to Clinton for critical remarks she made about young people's work ethic, after Clinton privately took exception to her mother's comments.

In December 2007, Clinton began to campaign for her mother's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in Iowamarker before the January caucuses, greeting potential voters in Des Moinesmarker, Iowa. After that, she campaigned for her mother extensively across the country, largely on college campuses. By early April 2008 she had spoken at 100 college campuses on behalf of her mother's candidacy. During the campaign, Philippe Reines, her mother's press secretary, often shadowed Clinton during her public appearances, attempting to deflect "...hangers-on, swooning frat boys and, mostly, looming trouble in the form of microphones, cameras and notepads".

Clinton's blanket refusal to speak to any media members has been noted. In December 2007, she refused to answer a question from a nine-year-old "kid reporter" named Sydney Rieckhoff from Scholastic News who asked whether she thought her father would be a good "first man". Chelsea replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press, and that applies to you, unfortunately — even though I think you’re cute.” Controversy arose when MSNBC’s David Shuster said that Clinton was being "pimped out" by her parents for the campaign. Shuster was later suspended for his remarks. Clinton introduced her mother on August 26 at the 2008 Democratic Convention.


  1. NB: This site is not associated with Hillary Clinton. According to the website, "We provide information on the life of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton including family information, educational information and information about her as a US Senator."
  2. Walsh, K. Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes
  3. CNN News: February 16, 2008-Campaign role ups pressure on Chelsea Clinton to talk to media
  4. Fox News: December 30, 2007-Silent Chelsea Clinton Brushes Off 9-Year-Old Reporter on Campaign Trail

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