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Backgrounder: Rudy Giuliani
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09:58, January 14, 2008

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Following is an introduction to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani:

Candidate status: Announced

Filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on Feb. 5, 2007

Current job: Lawyer and consultant

Birth date: May 28, 1944, Brooklyn, New York

Family: Married Judith "Judi" Nathan (2003-present); Donna Hanover (1984-2002, divorced); Regina Peruggi (1968-1982, annulment). Children: stepdaughter Whitney (1986); Caroline (1989); Andrew (1986)

Religion: Roman Catholic

Education: Manhattan College, A.B., 1965; New York University Law School, J.D., 1968


1970: Joined the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

1981-1983: Named associate attorney general, the third highest position in the Department of Justice.

1983-1989: Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During this time, Giuliani gained national prominence for prosecuting, among others, Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and various Mafia figures.

1989: Resigned as U.S. Attorney and made his first run for mayor of New York City. He lost to David Dinkins in a close race.

1993: Became first Republican mayor of New York in 24 years after defeating Dinkins in another close race.

1997: Re-elected by a wide margin, carrying four out of New York City's five boroughs.

April 27, 2000: Disclosed that he is suffering from prostate cancer.

May 19, 2000: Announced that he is dropping out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

2001: Received wide praise for his response to the September 11 attacks; named Time magazine's Person of the Year and honored as a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

2002: Left the mayor's office and founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting firm.

March 2005: Joined the Texas law firm of Bracewell & Patterson as a partner. The firm is renamed Bracewell & Giuliani.

Other Facts:

First marriage was annulled after 14 years when Giuliani discovered he and he wife were second cousins.

Giuliani has been the subject of two movies. "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story" is a biopic starring James Woods that aired on USA. "Giuliani Time" is a documentary critical of the former mayor.

Harold Giuliani, Rudy's father, served time in prison for armed robbery in the 1930s.

Has appeared as himself on several television programs, including "Seinfeld" and several episodes of "Saturday Night Live."


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