Eliot Spitzer

Former Governor and Attorney General of NY and Host, Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer was born and raised in New York. He graduated from the Horace Mann School, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for Federal District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet, Spitzer practiced at Paul, Weiss and then joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.  While there he rose to serve as chief of the labor racketeering unit and he successfully prosecuted some of the most senior members of the Gambino organized crime family.  After several years in private practice, in 1998 he was elected Attorney General of New York and was re-elected in 2002.  His prosecutions in the areas of financial fraud, environmental protection and civil rights set a new standard for law enforcement, and in 2002 Time Magazine named him “Crusader of the Year.”  60 Minutes dubbed him the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” and the Financial Times named him “Man of the Year.”  He was elected Governor of New York in 2006, and subsequent to his resignation from that position in 2008, he has served as an anchor on CNN’s prime time show ‘In the Arena,” served as a professor at CCNY, written articles bi-weekly for Slate Magazine, and participated in running a family business. He has appeared with regularity on the leading TV and radio shows which focus on politics and economics and has lectured at leading universities both in the United States and abroad.

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