Smithtown Native Republican Bill Weld Announces Campaign For President 
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:17PM
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Smithtown native William Floyd “Bill” Weld has announced his intention to challenge PresidentWilliam Floyd “Bill” Weld (Photo Wikipedia) Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.  “I’m in! #Weld2020,” the 73-year-old Weld tweeted Monday. (Boston 25 News)Weld announced in February that he’d formed a presidential exploratory committee, a move that enabled him to raise money for a White House run.

DOJ Report Early History: William Floyd “Bill” Weld was born in Smithtown, New York in 1945.  His father was a partner in the family’s investment banking firm on Wall Street.  Like other family members before him, Mr. Weld attended Harvard College, where he graduated in 1966.  He studied economics at University College, Oxford, and graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1970.

Mr. Weld began his legal career in private practice in Boston.  In 1973, the House Impeachment Committee hired him as counsel to research the legal grounds for impeachment in the midst of the Watergate scandal.  The next year, he returned to private practice and in 1978 launched an unsuccessful bid for Massachusetts Attorney General.  In 1981, Mr. Weld was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Tenure: In 1986, President Reagan appointed Mr. Weld to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division.  During his tenure, the Division worked on some of the Administration’s most significant investigations and prosecutions, including the capture of Manuel Noriega on narco-trafficking charges.  He served as the Assistant Attorney General until 1988.

Later Career: In 1990, Mr. Weld was elected the 68th Governor of Massachusetts.  He was reelected in 1994.  In 1996, Mr. Weld unsuccessfully challenged incumbent John Kerry in the U.S. Senate election and later returned to private practice and founded a private equity fund.  In 2005, Mr. Weld announced his candidacy for Governor of New York, but did not receive the Republican Party nomination.  In May 2016, Mr. Weld won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Vice President of the United States.

 

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