Bill de Blasio’s Biography

Provided by the de Blasio campaign

From his early days as a community activist to his current position as Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure every New Yorker gets a fair shot. Bill began his career in public service as a junior staffer for Mayor David N. Dinkins, and then moved to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1999, Bill joined District 15’s School Board in Brooklyn, and in 2000, Hillary Clinton asked Bill to manage her historic campaign for the U.S. Senate. Two years later, he started his eight-year service in the City Council, where he won new investments in early childhood education, and wrote landmark tenants’ rights legislation. Elected Public Advocate in 2009, Bill de Blasio helped stop thousands of teacher layoffs, saved good neighborhood schools, helped protect firehouses that were on the chopping block, and fought for just compensation for brave first responders who fell ill as a result of their heroic work following 9/11. De Blasio lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife Chirlane McCray. De Blasio and Chirlane have two children, Chiara and Dante, both of whom have attended New York City public schools.

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