Josh Gottheimer

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Josh Gottheimer
File:Josh Gottheimer FCC.jpg
Democratic Party candidate for
U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 5th district
Election date
November 8, 2016
Opponent(s) Scott Garrett
Personal details
Born c. 1975
North Caldwell, New Jersey
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Marla Tusk (m. 2006)
Children 2
Residence Wyckoff, New Jersey
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney, political advisor

Joshua S. Gottheimer (born c. 1975) is an American lawyer, speechwriter, and public policy adviser. He has been active within the Democratic Party as a speechwriter for Bill Clinton and as an advisor for the presidential campaigns of Wesley Clark, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. He has also worked for Burson-Marsteller, the Federal Communications Commission, Ford Motor Company, and Microsoft. He is currently running for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 5th congressional district.

Career

At the age of 16, Gottheimer served as a United States Senate Page for Frank Lautenberg, a Senator from New Jersey. Through high school and college, Gottheimer held internships with C-SPAN, the Secretary of the United States Senate, and Tom Foley, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[1]

Gottheimer graduated from West Essex High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Law School. While he attended Pennsylvania, he served on the rapid response team for Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign. Gottheimer attended the University of Oxford for a year following Clinton's reelection. He joined the Clinton administration as a speechwriter in 1998, at the age of 23,[1] working in the administration until its end in 2001. While attending law school, Gottheimer worked for Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, and Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign as an advisor.[2] After the 2004 election, Gottheimer worked for the Ford Motor Company, and then became executive vice president for Burson-Marsteller.[1] He worked for the Federal Communications Commission from 2010 through 2012,[3] where he led an initiative related to broadband internet.[4] He then joined Microsoft as a strategist.[5]

2016 U.S. Congress campaign

Gottheimer is running for the House of Representatives in New Jersey's 5th congressional district, a seat held by Republican Scott Garrett, in the 2016 elections. After Garrett said that the National Republican Congressional Committee should not support gay candidates, Gottheimer began raising funds for his challenge with the help of Clinton allies and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Ben Ray Luján.[6][7]

Gottheimer has attracted more attention than previous challengers to Garrett due to his fundraising ability and ties to the Clintons.[8] His campaign's 2015 financial filings, in which Gottheimer reported raising around $1 million through the end of September, showed that "about one dollar in six came directly from fellow alumni of the Clinton White House and campaigns...or from major donors and employees of consulting firms tied closely to the Clintons."[2]

Personal life

Gottheimer is a native of North Caldwell, New Jersey, and he resides in Wyckoff, New Jersey.[9] He is Jewish.[1] He married Marla Tusk in 2006.[10] Together, they have two children.[1] Gottheimer has a net worth between $2.3 million and $10.3 million.[8]

Bibliography

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Palmer, Joanne (February 14, 2014). "'And then the phone rang…'; Wyckoff man's adventures in politics and public service". The Times of Israel. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burns, Alexander (December 25, 2015). "Protégé of Clintons Targets U.S. Congressional Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Josh Gottheimer, Senior Counselor to the Chairman, to step down; Jordan Usdan named Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives" (pdf) (Press release). Federal Communications Commission. June 20, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "FCC's Gottheimer to Lead New Broadband Public/Private Initiative". RadioResource Media Group. March 7, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Wingfield, Nick; Cain Miller, Claire (December 16, 2012). "Former Washington political brawler now battles for Microsoft". Business Standard. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake (July 27, 2015). "After Rep. Garrett's comments on gay Republicans, Dems look to cash in". Politico. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Former Clinton aide raises big money for potential N.J. congressional run". NJ.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jackson, Herb (March 13, 2016). "Jackson: A 'new Democrat' alternative in 5th Congressional District". The Record. Retrieved 23 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Jackson, Herb (May 4, 2015). "Donors start backing Wyckoff man as potential Garrett challenger for Congress". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Marla Tusk and Josh Gottheimer". The New York Times. December 10, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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