|68th Governor of Massachusetts|
January 3, 1991 – July 29, 1997
|Preceded by||Michael Dukakis|
|Succeeded by||Paul Cellucci|
|United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division|
|Preceded by||Stephen Trott|
|Succeeded by||Edward Dennis|
|United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||Edward Harrington|
|Succeeded by||Robert Mueller (Acting)|
William Floyd Weld
July 31, 1945
Smithtown, New York, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (before 2016, 2019–present)|
(m. 1975; div. 2002)
Leslie Marshall (m. 2003)
|Education||Harvard University (BA, JD)|
University College, Oxford
He was the 68th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Bill Clinton named him to be Ambassador to Mexico in 1998, but he was not approved by the Senate. He was the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in the 2016 election.
Failed ambassadorship nomination[change | change source]
He resigned as governor in 1997 to focus on his nomination by President Bill Clinton for United States Ambassador to Mexico, but because of opposition by the social conservatives such as Senator Jesse Helms, he was denied a hearing and withdrew his nomination.
2016 vice presidential campaign[change | change source]
In May 2016, former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson named Weld as his running mate and he became the vice presidential nominee for the 2016 election. They were later both formally nominated at the Libertarian National Convention.
2020 presidential campaign[change | change source]
In January 2019, Weld expressed interest in running for President of the United States as a Republican, challenging President Donald Trump in the primaries, in the 2020 election. In February 2019, Weld rejoined the Republican Party. He launched an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 bid.
References[change | change source]
- Peoples, Steve. "Libertarian Gary Johnson secures running mate". Bigstory.ap.org. Retrieved May 19, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Welch, Matt (May 2, 2018). "Bill Weld Lays Groundwork for 2020 Libertarian Presidential Run". Reason (magazine). Los Angeles. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
- "Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to announce possible run for president". WCVB-TV. Boston. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
- Jonas, Michael (2019-02-04). "Weld rejoins Republican ranks". CommonWealth Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
- Landrigan, Kevin (February 14, 2019). "Weld forms 2020 exploratory committee, defends GOP credentials". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved February 15, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Brusk, Steve (15 April 2019). "Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved 15 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Bill Weld at Wikimedia Commons