Stephen Goldsmith

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Stephen Goldsmith
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46th Mayor of Indianapolis
In office
January 1, 1992 – January 1, 2000
Preceded by William H. Hudnut III
Succeeded by Bart Peterson
Personal details
Born (1946-12-12) December 12, 1946 (age 67)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret Goldsmith
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Alma mater Wabash College
University of Michigan Law School
Religion Jewish

Stephen "Steve" Goldsmith (born December 12, 1946) is the former mayor of Indianapolis and most recently served as the Deputy Mayor of New York City for Operations, stepping down effective August 4, 2011. He is also the Daniel Paul Professor of Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Early life and career[edit]

Goldsmith was born on December 12, 1946, in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Wabash College and the University of Michigan Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. Goldsmith is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Political career[edit]

Marion County Prosecutor[edit]

In 1978, Goldsmith began his political career by defeating Democratic Judge Andrew Jacobs Sr. in the race for Marion County Prosecutor. Goldsmith continued to serve in this capacity for 12 years (1979–1991), when the opportunity to run for Mayor of Indianapolis presented itself.

Race for Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In 1988, John Mutz made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Indiana, calling upon Goldsmith to be his running mate. Mutz and Goldsmith lost to the Democratic ticket of Evan Bayh and Frank O'Bannon.[1]

Mayor of Indianapolis[edit]

In 1991, Goldsmith ran under the Republican banner for Mayor, defeating his Democratic opponent Louis Mahern by a clear majority.


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