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Who is Trump Opponent Bill Weld Bio, Wiki, Age, Married, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Quick Facts You Need to Know

Bill Weld Bio

Bill Weld Bio, Bill Weld Wiki

William Floyd Weld is an American attorney, businessman, author, and Republican politician who served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Weld is currently running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America in 2020. A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Weld began his career as legal counsel to the United States House Committee on the Judiciary before becoming the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and later, the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. He worked on a series of high-profile public corruption cases and later resigned in protest of an ethics scandal and associated investigations into Attorney General Edwin Meese.

Quick Facts You Need to Know

BornJuly 31, 1945 (age 74 years), Smithtown, New York, United States
Height1.93 m
PartyRepublican Party
EducationUniversity of Oxford, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Middlesex School, University College
SpouseLeslie Marshall (m. 2003), Susan Roosevelt Weld (m. 1975–2002)

Background

Early Life

Weld was born in Smithtown, New York.

Parents

Weld’s father, David (1911–1972), was an investment banker; his mother, Mary Nichols Weld (1913–1986), was a descendant of William Floyd, a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Education

His ancestor Edmund Weld was among the earliest students (Class of 1650) at Harvard College; eighteen other Welds have attended Harvard, and two Harvard buildings are named for the family. A distant cousin, General Stephen Minot Weld Jr., fought with distinction in the Civil War.

Weld attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, graduated with an AB summa cum laude in classics from Harvard College in 1966, studied economics at University College, Oxford, and graduated with a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1970.

Siblings

His siblings are Francis “Tim” Weld, David Weld, and Anne (married name Collins). His maternal grandfather was the ichthyologist and ornithologist John Treadwell Nichols, and his first cousin is the novelist John Nichols.

Career

Governor Weld has an unblemished record of public service. In addition to seven years in the Department of Justice, he served two terms as Governor in Massachusetts, where he was reelected by the largest margin in state history. He cut taxes 21 times, never raised them, balanced the budget, and oversaw six upgrades in the state’s bond rating. He signed landmark welfare reform, made public schools accountable, and was a trailblazer as an early proponent for LGBT civil rights. Governor Weld was ranked the most fiscally conservative Governor in the country by the Cato Institute and the Wall Street Journal.

Super Tuesday 2020: Who is Trump opponent Bill Weld?

The Super Tuesday Democrat ballots will have a host of presidential contenders, including several – Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar, to name a few – who are no longer in the running for the nomination.

The Republican ballot in Alabama only has two names listed as presidential hopefuls: incumbent President Donald Trump and Bill Weld.

Despite running for president, Weld’s name is not familiar to many people.
Originally from New York, Weld served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Prior to that, he served as Federal Prosecutor for the District of Massachusetts and the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division. He ran for the United States Senate as a Republican in 1996 but lost to John Kerry.

In 2016, Weld ran as the libertarian companion of the presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson.

He is a 1966 summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College with a degree in classical arts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the University of Oxford and a law degree from Harvard Law.

“I think the country is in danger from Mr. Trump because I think the idea he has in mind is to systematically dismantle our democratic institutions,” he told Boston magazine. “Just look at what he says about the free press is the enemy of the people. Look at what it says about the judiciary, that we cannot have an independent judiciary that tells us what to do. Look what it says about its equal branches of government. The United States Congress, he says, has absolutely no power to investigate. That goes against the exact language of the Constitution and the assignment of power. That is a quintessentially impeccable and removable offense. That is precisely the reason why the editors of our Constitution put the removal clause, to get rid of a person who maintains precisely those positions ”

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