Then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference following meetings at the US State Department in Washington, DC, with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on January 20, 2012.
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By Sam Frizell
April 13, 2015

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination for president next year, she’ll be the first former Cabinet member to get a party’s presidential nod in almost 90 years.

The former Secretary of State launched her bid for the White House on Sunday afternoon, marking the first time since 1928 that any former cabinet member had a serious shot at the presidential nomination, according to data collected by the Pew Research Center.

The overwhelming majority of Democratic or Republican nominees in recent years have been incumbent presidents, governors, senators or vice presidents, like then-Sen. Barack Obama, former Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sen. John McCain.

In 1928, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover won the Republican nomination and then the presidency. Thomas Jefferson, who was the first U.S. Secretary of State, was the first former cabinet member to become president.

Clinton, who has also been a senator, would also be the first-ever First Lady to win her party’s nomination.

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