Eliot Laurence Spitzer is an American lawyer, political commentator, and former Democratic Party politician. He served as the 54th Governor of New York State from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008, from the exposure of his involvement as a regular client of the escort agency, Emperors Club VIP. Prior to being elected governor, Spitzer served as New York State Attorney General. After serving as Governor, he became a political commentator, and was the host of Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, a nightly news and commentary program on Current TV, which he left. John Fugelsang replaced Spitzer on the show. Prior to Viewpoint, he was the co-host of In the Arena, a talk-show and punditry forum broadcast on CNN from October 2010, to July 2011.
Spitzer was born in New York, and raised there by his father, real estate tycoon Bernard Spitzer. He attended Princeton University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School for his Juris Doctor. It was there that he met his future wife, Silda Wall. He went on to work for the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and subsequently the Manhattan District Attorney's office to pursue organized crime. He launched the investigation that brought down the Gambino crime family's control over Manhattan's garment and trucking industries. In 1994, Spitzer left to work at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and, later, Constantine and Partners.