Democratic Presidential Candidate Introduction
Mike Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City whose innovations in business, government, and philanthropy have made him a pioneering leader on critical issues facing America and the world. He has launched major coalitions to save and improve lives, including America’s largest campaigns to prevent gun violence and fight the climate crisis, and he has championed efforts to fix our immigration system.
Elected mayor just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Mike led New York City’s resurgence. He spearheaded the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, fought poverty with new programs that became national models, and turned around a failing school system. Mike reduced carbon emissions by 14 percent, increased New Yorkers’ life expectancy by three years, and cut crime by a third while reducing incarceration by nearly 40 percent. Despite the national recession, he led the city to record job growth.
After his third term, Mike resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP, the technology and media company he founded in 1981. Bloomberg LP now employs some 20,000 people.
Through Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mike applies a unique, data-driven approach to drive progress in five focus areas – the arts, education, the environment, public health, and government innovation. He has given away $10 billion.
Mike grew up in a middle-class home in Medford, Massachusetts. He took out government loans and worked his way through school, graduating from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School. He is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina, and has two grandchildren.