Randy Levine

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Randy Levine
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Levine at a December 2019 Gerrit Cole press conference
Born (1955-02-22) February 22, 1955 (age 66)
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
Hofstra University (JD)
OccupationPresident of the New York Yankees (2000–present)
Political partyRepublican

Randy Lewis Levine (born February 22, 1955) is a former American attorney and the current president of the New York Yankees baseball club, a position he has held since January 2000.[1]

Early life[edit]

Levine, a Jewish American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Isaac and Arlene L. (née Rosenfeld) Levine.[2][3]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1977 and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980.[3] Levine sits on the Board of Trustees at George Washington University.[4] He is a member of the New York Bar. Randy is a 1973 graduate of Oceanside High School in Nassau County on Long Island.

Career[edit]

Levine served as principal associate deputy attorney general and principal deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Reagan administration. He resigned in 1988.

After five years in private practice, he served as New York City's Labor Commissioner from 1994-1995.[3]

He was the chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball[5] and negotiated the 1996 MLB labor agreement.

He left Major League Baseball to become New York City's Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration from 1997 to 2000. In January 2000, he announced his resignation from Rudy Giuliani's administration, citing a return to private practice; he was named president of the Yankees the next day.[1]

President of the New York Yankees (2000-present)[edit]

Since the 2000 season, Levine has served as President of the Yankees. During his tenure the team has won World Series championships in 2000 and 2009.

In 2007, he was named to BusinessWeek's list of the 100 most influential people in sports, at number 77.[6]

He is also Of Counsel with the national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. [1]

In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Levine won Emmy Awards as Executive Producer for YES Network's Forbes SportsMoney show.

Politics[edit]

Levine was a "bundler" for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and raised between $100,000 and $250,000 for McCain in 2008.[7]

In December 2018, Levine's name was leaked as a potential replacement for departing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. Levine has dismissed these rumors, saying he is content with the Yankees.[8]

Personal[edit]

Levine resides in Manhattan and also on his farm in Pawling, New York with his wife Mindy Franklin Levine and their seven dogs. Levine is very active in animal rescue efforts and is a proponent of equine-assisted therapy for military veterans.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yanks have new president". The Cincinnati Post. 2000-01-06. p. 2C.
  2. ^ Who's Who In America - 2009 (63 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Bodley, Hal (1996-03-20). "Baseball finds tireless fighter in Levine". USA Today. p. 6C.
  4. ^ "Venture Capitalist George A. Coelho, M.B.A. '77; New York Yankees President Randy L. Levine, B.A. '77'; and Real Estate Entrepreneur Steven C. Roberts". States News Service. 2008-06-19.
  5. ^ Firestone, David (1995-09-19). "Labor Chief for Giuliani To Leave for Baseball Job". The New York Times. p. B3. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  6. ^ "The Power 100" (4053). BusinessWeek. 2007-10-08. pp. 52–57.
  7. ^ "Bundlers, John McCain". OpenSecrets.org. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  8. ^ Jones, Kaelen (December 10, 2018). "Yankees President Randy Levine Shoots Down Trump's White House Chief of Staff Rumor". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Howland, Jack (January 8, 2017). "Trump's brother and Yankees executive to appear at veterans fundraiser". The Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved November 24, 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Randy Levine: President of the New York Yankees". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 393–400. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5.