William “Bill” Weld was born on July 31, 1945 in Smithtown, New York. Weld has a bachelor’s and a law degree from Harvard University. In 1978, he unsuccessfully ran for Attorney-General of Massachusetts and was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in 1981. In 1986, Weld was appointed as an Assistant Attorney-General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1990, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and was re-elected to the position in 1994. In 1996, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate and then the next year, was appointed but not confirmed to be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. In 2005, Weld unsuccessfully ran for Governor of New York. In 2016, Weld unsuccessfully ran for Vice President as a Libertarian alongside Gary Johnson. Weld lives in Massachusetts with his wife Leslie and has five children from his previous marriage.
Bill Weld announced on February 15, 2019 that he was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination on April 15, 2019.
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