Rudolph W. Giuliani was born in 1944 to a working class family in Brooklyn, New York. As the grandson of Italian immigrants, Giuliani was taught the value of a strong work ethic and a deep respect for America's ideal of equal opportunity. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Manhattan College, and New York University Law School.
After joining the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Giuliani rose quickly through the ranks, becoming the chief of the Narcotics Unit at age 29. In 1975, Rudy was recruited to work in Washington, D.C., and was appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General and chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General. In 1977, Rudy returned to New York to the private practice of law.
After the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Giuliani was named Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the Department of Justice. He supervised all of the U.S. attorney offices' law enforcement agencies.
In 1983, Rudy became United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he spearheaded successful efforts against organized crime, white collar criminals, drug dealers and corrupt elected officials. Some of his best known cases include the groundbreaking mafia prosecutions in the "Pizza Connection" and "The Commission" cases, Wall Street corruption cases, and the convictions of corrupt political figures. Few U.S. attorneys in history can match his record.
In 1993, Giuliani became the first Republican elected mayor of the City of New York in a generation. He focused on reducing crime, reforming welfare and improving the quality of life. In 1997, he was re-elected with 57 percent in a city in which democrats outnumbered republicans five to one.
Under Mayor Giuliani's leadership, overall crime was cut by 56 percent, murder was cut by 66 percent, and New York City, once considered the crime capital of the country, became the safest large city in America according to the FBI.
Mayor Giuliani implemented the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country, turning welfare offices into job centers, leading to the reduction of welfare rolls by 640,000, or nearly 60 percent, to the lowest level since 1966.
He also took decisive steps to restore fiscal responsibility to New York City, reducing or eliminating 23 city taxes while turning an inherited $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus. Under Giuliani's leadership, New York City became the best-known example of the resurgence of urban America.
After surviving the fall of the Twin Towers, Giuliani immediately began leading the recovery of his city as it faced its darkest hour. For his efforts, former first lady Nancy Reagan presented Giuliani with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award; he was knighted by the Queen of England; and named "Person of the Year" by Time magazine. In 2002, he wrote and published a number one best-seller, "Leadership," which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Limited by New York City law to two terms as mayor, Rudy founded Giuliani Partners in January, 2002 and quickly established the consulting firm as a leader in the fields of emergency preparedness, public safety, crisis management, energy and health care.
In 2005, Rudy became a name partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani. The 60-year-old firm, previously known as Bracewell Patterson, has over 400 attorneys practicing in nine offices around the world.
In May of 2003, Rudy married Judith S. Nathan. Mrs. Giuliani is a registered nurse with an extensive medical and scientific background.