Bill de Blasio, born May 8, 1961, in Manhattan, raised by his single mother, Maria de Blasio, after his parents divorced due to his father being a heavy drinker who eventually committed suicide when de Blasio was 18. Bill attended New York University earning his degree in metropolitan studies before attending Columbia University where he received a Master of International Affairs.
After graduating from Columbia, he dipped his toes in politics working as a political organizer, then at a nonprofit focusing on improving health care before moving to city politics where he volunteered as a coordinator for David Dinkins’ successful mayoral campaign in NYC. After the campaign, he worked as an aide for City Hall. In 1994, de Blasio was the campaign manager for U.S. Representative Charles Rangel re-election campaign. In 1997, he was appointed regional director for the US Department of HUD for New York and New Jersey. In 2000, de Blasio was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s Senate bid.
In 2001, de Blasio decided to run for the NYC Council and won 71 to 17 percent. He won re-election for two more terms before running for NYC Public Advocate which he won 78 to 18 percent. Finally, in 2013, de Blasio decided to run for Mayor of NYC which he won by another landslide, 72.2 to 24 percent. He won re-election in 2017 by 66.5 percent.
During his time as mayor, de Blasio created universal pre-K for all of NYC, expanded the paid sick leave law to cover thousands of more workers, and raised the minimum wage for all City employees and contractors. He drove crime to record-low levels and expanded the number of affordable apartments in NYC.
Bill de Blasio announced his candidacy for president on May 16, 2019.
Bill is married to Chirlane McCray and has two children, Dante and Chiara.
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