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Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner served New York's 9th Congressional District from 1999 to 2011, when he abruptly resigned over a sexting scandal.
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Anthony David Weiner was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1964. Weiner launched his political career in 1991, when he won a seat on the City Council in New York. In 1998, he captured a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 13 years before a sexting scandal forced him to resign.
"I haven't told the truth and I have done things I deeply regret."
"I am announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most important so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused."
Anthony David Weiner was born on September 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Raised largely middle-class, Weiner, the son of a public school teacher, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1981 and subsequently enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh. While he initially dreamed of becoming a weatherman, Weiner changed course early on and earned a political science degree in 1985.
It wasn't long before Weiner found work in his chosen field, taking an intern position in the Washington, D.C., office of House of Representatives member Charles Schumer. By the early 1990s, Weiner had endeared himself to Schumer and he was relocated back to New York City, where he worked as Schumer's district director.
But the position was not a long-term one for Weiner. In 1991, he launched his first political campaign, running for a City Council seat to represent a southern section of Brooklyn. After squeaking out a narrow victory in the primary, the 27-year-old Weiner won the general election, making him the youngest candidate ever to capture a City Council seat in New York City history.
In 1998, Weiner decided to make a bid to return to Washington, this time to replace his former mentor, Schumer, who was on his way to winning one of New York's Senate seats. Like before, Weiner scratched out a tough primary fight and then narrowly won the general election.
As a member of Congress, Weiner made his bones as an old-fashioned liberal Democrat, who wasn't afraid to voice his support for pro-choice, pro–gun control and pro-government causes. In a government body increasingly roughed up by partisan politics, Weiner proved to be one of the most vocal in his party, unafraid to go after Republicans and their leader, President George W. Bush.
As a result, Weiner had his fans and his critics. Even among members of his own party, he could be seen a political leader more in love with getting in front of the camera than actually doing any substantive work.
But while he seemed to bask in his new life in Washington, a part of Weiner longed to return to his New York roots. In 2005, he made an unsuccessful bid to run for the New York mayorship—long considered to be his dream job. He flirted with a second campaign in 2009 before deciding to sit the election out.
In May 2011 news began to circulate of Weiner's questionable online behavior. As details began to surface about his online contacts with women and his sending of suggestive photos of himself to them over Twitter, Weiner at first denied the allegations. He claimed, initially, that his account had been hacked.
But as more evidence began to emerge, Weiner decided to give up the stonewalling and fess up to his actions, forcing members of his own party to call for an ethics probe.
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