Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani, (born May 28, 1944) is an American politician and attorney, best known for his service as the Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1994, through December 31, 2001. His role in leading the City during and after the September 11 terrorist attacks raised his national stature and led him to be named Time Magazine's 2001 Person of the Year.
The defining moment in Giuliani's career was his management of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. His public visibility in the days following the attacks earned him the nickname "America's Mayor." Since leaving office as Mayor of New York, Giuliani has pursued business and legal interests, and has remained politically active by campaigning for Republican candidates for political offices at all levels. On November 13, 2006, he formed an exploratory committee to consider entering the 2008 Presidential Campaign. and is expected to declare his candidacy. The committee filed papers with the FEC on November 22, 2006.
Giuliani is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani Partners LLC, a security consulting company he founded in 2002, and is a partner in the Houston-based law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.