Hillary and Bill Clinton have been married 40 years— much of it spent in the political spotlight. Here, Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton married at a small ceremony on Oct. 11, 1975 - present Courtesy William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Hillary and Bill Clinton have been married 40 years— much of it spent in the political spotlight. Here, Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton married at a small ceremony on Oct. 11, 1975 - present Courtesy William J. Clinton Presidential LibraryCourtesy William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Hillary and Bill Clinton have been married 40 years— much of it spent in the political spotlight. Here, Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton married at a small ceremony on Oct. 11, 1975 - present Courtesy William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Rodham hold their week-old baby Chelsea on March 5, 1980.
Former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton celebrate his victory in the Democratic runoff in Little Rock, Ark. on June 8, 1982.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton hugs his wife Hillary Clinton after she introduced him to well wishers at a downtown Chicago hotel, March 10, 1992.
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President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton drink Coca-Cola at Moscow's Coca-Cola refreshments plant on May 11, 1995.
President Bill Clinton puts an arm around his wife, Hillary Clinton, while watching Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., on Aug. 25, 1995. The first family visited several Yellowstone sites while on vacation.
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton share a moment during an East Room ceremony at the White House on July 17, 1996.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband former U.S. president Bill Clinton embrace during a primary night event on June 7, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York after Hillary Clinton surpassed the number of delegates needed to become the democratic nominee.
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Hillary and Bill Clinton's Political Romance in Photos

It may be the hardest job in politics: Gazing adoringly at your spouse.

Husbands and wives of candidates at all levels of politics are routinely called on to smile blankly, applaud politely and sit upright while their spouses make stump speeches, watch election results and take oaths of office. In fact, much of Bill and Hillary Clinton's 40 years of marriage has been spent in the political spotlight smiling, waving and opening their lives to the public eye.

For Bill Clinton, this marital ritual has special significance, as he used to be on the other side of the equation.

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But over the past 16 years, Hillary Clinton ran for U.S. Senate, won re-election, ran for president, lost, served as Secretary of State and then ran for president again, so he's had more than enough time to practice.

As Bill and Hillary Clinton approach the possibility of being the first husband-and-wife team to be president after her nomination at the Democratic National Convention, TIME looks back at photos of their relationship in the spotlight.

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