Eliot Spitzer

New York State Attorney General and Governor of New York
Born Jun 10, 1959

Eliot Laurence Spitzer is an American lawyer, political commentator, and former Democratic Party politician. He was the co-host of In the Arena, a talk-show and punditry forum broadcast on CNN until CNN cancelled his show in July 2011. He served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008 in the wake of the exposure of his involvement as a client of Emperors Club VIP.… Read More

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1959 Birth Spitzer was born on June 10, 1959, in the Bronx, the son of Anne (née Goldhaber), an English literature professor, and Bernard Spitzer, a real estate mogul. … Read More


1977 18 Years Old He is a 1977 graduate of Horace Mann School. … Read More


1981 22 Years Old At Princeton, he was elected chairman of the undergraduate student government, and graduated in 1981. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old Silda Wall and Eliot Spitzer married on October 17, 1987, and together they have three daughters: Elyssa (born 1990), Sarabeth (born 1993), and Jenna (born 1995).


1992 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Spitzer joined the staff of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, where he became chief of the labor-racketeering unit, spending six years pursuing organized crime. His biggest case came in 1992, when Spitzer led the investigation that ended the Gambino crime family's organized crime control of Manhattan's trucking and garment industries. … Read More
1993 34 Years Old Ten months later, in September, 1993, Abrams announced that he would resign his position as Attorney General as of December 31, 1993, although he still had one year remaining in his term. … Read More
1994 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Thirty-four-year-old Spitzer decided to run as a Democratic candidate in the 1994 election for Attorney General, as did Koppell, Brooklyn Family Court Judge Karen Burstein, and Kings County DA Charles J. Hynes. … Read More
1998 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Four years later, Spitzer again wanted to run for Attorney General and on May 6, 1998 he announced he would run for the office for a second time. … Read More


1999 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Prior to being elected governor of New York he was elected to two four year terms as the Attorney General of New York from 1999-2006. … Read More
2001 42 Years Old …  It proved useful in the wake of several U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in 2001. … Read More
2004 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, The Nation endorsed Spitzer as a possible Democratic candidate for vice president, stating that he was "the single most effective battler against corporate abuses in either political party". … Read More
2005 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2005, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce described Spitzer's approach as "the most egregious and unacceptable form of intimidation we've seen in this country in modern times". … Read More
In January 2006, Spitzer selected New York State Senate minority leader David Paterson as his choice for lieutenant governor and running mate. … Read More
At the traditional midnight ceremony, Spitzer was sworn in as governor of New York on January 1, 2007. … Read More
Spitzer resigned as New York's governor in 2008 in the midst of a scandal concerning his involvement with prostitutes. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Spitzer took on various public speaking arrangements, beginning with a discussion with the New York chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization on June 17, 2009.
2010 - 2012 2 More Events
On January 6, 2013, Spitzer announced that he had left both Viewpoint and Current TV, and that he would not be joining Current TV in its latest venture with Al Jazeera. "Moving forward, their mission will be different," he said. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old In February 2016 Spitzer was briefly investigated by the New York City Police Department after being accused of assault by Svetlana Travis, a woman from Russia, in an incident that supposedly occurred at the Plaza Hotel on February 13, 2016. … Read More
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