Bill de Blasio

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Bill de Blasio
109th Mayor of New York City
In office
January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2022
DeputyAnthony Shorris
Dean Fuleihan
Preceded byMichael Bloomberg
Succeeded byEric Adams
3rd New York City Public Advocate
In office
January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2013
Preceded byBetsy Gotbaum
Succeeded byLetitia James
Member of the New York City Council
from the 39th district
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2009
Preceded byStephen DiBrienza
Succeeded byBrad Lander
Personal details
Warren Wilhelm, Jr.

(1961-05-08) May 8, 1961 (age 62)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Chirlane McCray (m. 1994)
Alma materNew York University
Columbia University
WebsiteGovernment website
Campaign website

Bill de Blasio (born Warren Wilhelm, Jr.;[1] May 8, 1961) is an American politician. He was the Mayor of New York City from 2014 until 2022. He formerly served as the New York City Public Advocate from 2010 to 2013. Before that, he was a New York City Council member.

Career[change | change source]

He was the Democratic Party nominee in the 2013 election to become Mayor of New York City. On November 5, 2013, De Blasio won the mayoral election by a landslide, receiving over 73% of the vote. He is the first Democratic mayor of the city in nearly 20 years.[2]

De Blasio was re-elected as Mayor in the 2017 mayoral election with 66.5% of the vote.[3] On January 1, 2018, Bernie Sanders sworn-in De Blasio in his second mayoral inauguration as Mayor.[4]

On May 16, 2019, De Blasio announced his candidacy for President for the 2020 election.[5] He released a YouTube video in which he stated "I’m Bill de Blasio and I’m running for president because it’s time we put working people first".[6] He withdrew from the race on September 20, 2019.[7][8] In February 2020, he endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.[9]

In May 2022, De Blasio announced he would run for the United States House of Representatives for New York's 10th congressional district.[10] In July 2022, he dropped out of the race and retired from politics to focus on working with non-profit organizations.[11]

Personal life[change | change source]

De Blasio was born on May 8, 1961 in New York City. His mother's parents were Italian immigrants; his father is of German ancestry. De Blasio studied at Columbia University and at New York University. He has been married to Chirlane McCray since 1994. They have two children.

References[change | change source]

  1. "A refresher on candidate Bill de Blasio". 2013-08-17. Retrieved 2013-09-20.
  2. The New York Times (November 6, 2013). "De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor in Landslide". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  3. "Statement and Return Support for Certification – General Election - 11/7/2017 – Crossover – All Parties and Independent Bodies" (PDF). Board of Elections in the City of New York. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  4. Erin Durkin (January 1, 2018). "Mayor de Blasio sworn in for second term by Bernie Sanders". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. Bill de Blasio [@BilldeBlasio] (May 16, 2019). "Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it's time to finally put working people first" (Tweet). Retrieved May 16, 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. Julia Marsh; Nolan Hicks; Rich Calder (May 16, 2019). "Bill de Blasio officially launches 2020 presidential campaign". New York Post. Archived from the original on May 16, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. "Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential bid". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  8. "Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential campaign". Politico. September 20, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  9. "De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  10. "Ex-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces run for Congress". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  11. "Bill de Blasio Drops Bid for N.Y. House Seat". New York Times. Retrieved 2022-07-19.

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