At a Glance
- Career History: Assistant U.S. District Attorney, Southern District of New York, Justice Department (1988-2001); Narcotics unit chief, Southern District of New York (1994-1995); Section chief, Organized Crime and Terrorism, Southern District of New York (1995-2001); Associate, Christy and Viener (1993-1995)
- Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: Amherst Collge, B.A. (math and economics), 1982; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
- Spouse: Jennifer Letzkus
- Religion: Catholic
- Chicago Office: Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street, Fifth Floor Chicago, Illinois
- DC Office: Bond Federal Building1400 New York Avenue, NW, Ninth FloorWashington D.C.
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Path to Power
Fitzgerald was born in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. His father, an Irish immigrant, worked as a doorman. Fitzgerald would take the same job to help pay his way through college.
The young Fitzgerald attended Our Lady Help of Christians school in Brooklyn before going to high school in Manhattan at Regis High School, a Jesuit school for gifted students. Like all students at Regis, he attended the school on a scholarship.
Although he was appointed to his current position by George W. Bush, Fitzgerald is famous for his political neutrality. He has prosecuted high-profile politicians from both parties, and the New York Times reported that on his 1988 New York voter registration, he chose ''non-partisan'' as his party affiliation, according to state records. "Many former colleagues said they were unsure what Mr. Fitzgerald's political leanings were," the Times reported.
"He takes on Republicans and Democrats," Dick Simpson, a political-science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told People. "He doesn't harbor ambitions to be a politician, so he doesn't care."
As a prosecutor, Fitzgerald may have made more enemies than friends. But his tenacity has also won him lots of fans. In 2001, then-Sen. Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-Ill.), who is not related to the prosecutor, pushed for Fitzgerald's appointment as U.S. attorney in Illinois. After Sen. Fitzgerald retired in 2004, Barack Obama won his Senate seat.
As an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York's southern district, Fitzgerald worked under Mary Jo White, the first woman to hold that position. She is now a partner in litigation at the law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton in New York.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Fitzgerald has not tipped his hand by contributing to any political campaigns.