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After serving as a senator from 1992 to 1998, she was elected to the vice presidency under President Joseph Estrada, despite having run on an opposing ticket.
Arroyo ranked 13th in the elections, earning a three-year term.
She was re-elected in 1995, topping the senatorial election with nearly 16 million votes.
As a legislator, Arroyo filed over 400 bills and authored or sponsored 55 laws during her tenure as senator, including the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law, the Indigenous People's Rights Law, and the Export Development Act.
She attended Assumption Convent for her elementary and high school education, graduating valedictorian in 1964.
Arroyo then studied for two years at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, D. where she was a classmate of future United States President Bill Clinton.