Bill Clinton

Political Offices

To whom did Clinton lose his first political race?

In 1974, the twenty-eight-year-old Clinton lost to Roger Paul Hammerschmidt in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hammerschmidt was a formidable foe, as he had already served four terms. Hammerschmidt went on to serve thirteen terms in the House, from 1967 until his retirement in 1993.


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