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12.03.04
Politics and Economy:
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
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Biography

Eliot Spitzer talks with David Brancaccio about the role of government in the marketplace, and the responsibility of state attorneys general in regulating various industries. Spitzer also talks about his latest lawsuits against the insurance industry.

Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer became the stateís 63rd Attorney General on January 1, 1999. Since that time, he has advanced initiatives to make New York a national leader in investor protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, personal privacy, public safety and criminal law enforcement.

Spitzerís investigations of conflicts of interest on Wall Street have been the catalyst for dramatic reform in the nationís financial services industry. His lawsuits have targeted Midwest and Mid-Atlantic power plants; abuses in the green grocery industry; Internet companies and direct marketers; handgun design and distribution; and sophisticated white collar crimes. Through these and other initiatives, Spitzer is building the reputation of the attorney general as "the Peopleís Lawyer."

Spitzer was a clerk to United State District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet and, later, an associate at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan from 1986-1992, rising to become Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit, where he prosecuted organized crime and political corruption cases. He also worked at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and was a partner at Constantine & Partners. Spitzer has also served on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations.

Spitzer is a 1981 graduate of Princeton University and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW.


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