Eliot Laurence Spitzer is an American lawyer, political commentator, and Democratic Party politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. He most recently ran as a candidate for New York City Comptroller, losing the Democratic nomination to Scott Stringer. His resignation as governor resulted from the aftermath of a prostitution scandal. Prior to being elected governor, Spitzer served as New York State Attorney General. After serving as Governor, he became a political commentator, and was most recently the host of Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, a nightly news and commentary program on Current TV, which he later left. 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.
He grew up in the Bronx, New York, as the third and youngest child of real estate tycoon Bernard Spitzer and Anne Goldhaber, both Austrian Jewish immigrants in New York. 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.