Anthony Weiner

Politician / U.S. Representative

Born: 4 September 1964
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best known as: The New York congressman who resigned over sexting in 2011

Name at birth: Anthony David Weiner

Democrat Anthony Weiner is a New York politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 until 2011, when he resigned in embarrassment after he was caught sending sexually suggestive photos from his Twitter account. From Brooklyn, Weiner studied political science at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He graduated in 1985 and went to work for Charles E. Schumer, then a congressman from the ninth district. He left there in 1991 and, at the age of 27, became a member of the New York City Council. When Schumer ran for the U.S. Senate in 1998, Weiner ran for his congressional seat and won. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City in 2005, but gained national fame as a congressman through frequent television appearances and fiery speeches on the House floor. He also married an aide to Hillary Clinton in 2010 (former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding). From his Twitter account, a waist-down photo of a man in underpants was sent to a 21 year-old Seattle woman on 27 May 2011, then deleted. Andrew Breitbart, a political gossip hound, broke the story that the photo was Weiner himself. After more than a week of denials, Weiner admitted on 6 June that he had, in fact, sent the photo and several others through social media. Around the same time, he announced his wife was pregnant. After pressure from his colleagues, Weiner resigned from the House of Representatives on 21 June 2011. He resurrected his political career in 2013 and announced another bid for mayor of New York City.

Extra credit:

Anthony Weiner’s last name is pronounced “weener.”

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