Andrew Giuliani

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Andrew Giuliani
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Andrew Harold Giuliani

(1986-01-30) January 30, 1986 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Živilė Rezgytė (m. 2017)
ParentsRudy Giuliani
Donna Hanover
EducationDuke University (BA)

Andrew Harold Giuliani (born January 30, 1986)[1] is an American political aide who served as the Public Liaison Assistant in the Office of Public Liaison. He is the son of Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney and former mayor of New York City.

Early life and education[edit]

Giuliani was born to Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover in 1986. He has one sister, Caroline. His father was elected mayor of New York City in 1993, and Andrew attracted attention due to his behavior during his father's oath of office. During the ceremony, Andrew repeated parts of the oath along with his father.[2][3] Andrew was exuberant on the podium beside his father, as he blew kisses to the cameras, mimicked every hand gesture of his father, and shouted out: "It should be so and it will be so!"[4] The moment was lampooned by comedian Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.[5][6][7] In October 2000, his father filed for divorce; the divorce was finalized in July 2002, with his mother being awarded custody of both him and his sister Caroline.[8][9]

In June 2001, at 15 years of age, he played in the pro-am at the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club, partnered with world # 1 Tiger Woods.[10][11] Giuliani said: "I was speechless."[12] He said: "I can't go any higher," after a perfect shot on the second hole about 35 feet from the cup.[12] On the 18th hole, his 280-yard drive was longer than the drive hit by Tiger Woods.[13] His father joked: "He attempted to give Tiger Woods tips once or twice."[13] After Giuliani shot an 85, Woods said: "He's not afraid to take a cut at it."[12]

Giuliani attended Saint Joseph Regional High School ('05) in Montvale, New Jersey.[14] There, he lettered all four years in golf (as the golf team won the New Jersey Tournament of Champions and was ranked first in the state in his junior year), and three years in football (as the team won the state championship each year, and was ranked #22 in the US in 2004).[15][16][17][18] He was named Bergen County Amateur Athlete of the Year in 2005.[15]

In June 2005, he won the 50th Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) Ike Stroke Play Championship amateur golf tournament at Plainfield Country Club in Plainfield, New Jersey.[18][19] At 19 years of age, he became one of the youngest champions in the tournament's history.[19] He also tied for second at the New York State Amateur and tied for third at the Rockland County Amateur.[15]

In 2006, he won the Bergen County Amateur at Rockleigh, New Jersey.[16] That season he also finished runner-up at both the Havemeyer Invitational and the Ike Championship, placed third at the NYC Amateur Championship, was Low Amateur at the New York State Open, and qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship after coming in second at the U.S. Amateur qualifier.[20][15] He won the 30th MGA Jerry Courville Senior Player of the Year Award after finishing in or near the top ten in seven of his nine MGA events, becoming the then-youngest winner of the award.[20][21]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, where Giuliani studied markets, management, and sociology, graduating in May 2009.[22][23] Giuliani was recruited to Duke by former coach Rod Myers.[24] Myers died, and a new coach was brought in.[24] While at Duke, Giuliani was a member of the men's golf team, and planned on pursuing a career in professional golf.[17][25][26] However, in February 2008, Giuliani was cut from the team, where he was ranked 12th out of 14 players, not on the basis of his performance but for breaches of discipline-what he said were minor or fabricated infractions; gunning the engine of his car as he left a parking lot, breaking a club, and throwing an apple at a teammate.[18][27][24][28][26] In July 2008, Giuliani sued the university, saying that his golf coach "manufactured accusations against him to justify kicking him off the team to whittle the squad."[29][30] The lawsuit was dismissed in 2010.[2][31]


After college, Giuliani worked as a sales intern at CapRok Capital in Rye, New York.[22]

He was then a professional golfer for seven years. [16] He turned pro at the beginning of 2009.[32] In August 2009, at 23 years of age he won the 94th Metropolitan Open, the third-oldest open championship in the nation, and its first-place prize of $27,500 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.[33][34][35][36][16] It was his first victory as a professional golfer.[37]

Giuliani appeared on the Golf Channel show The Big Break during the 12th season of the show, Big Break Disney Golf, which was televised between October through December 2009; he was eliminated in week 8. He returned in 2010 for the 14th season, Big Break Dominican Republic;[38][39] he was not the male winner.

In April 2011, Giuliani missed the cut at a Korn Ferry Tour event in Georgia.[40] In 2016, he started the process to regain his amateur status.[25]

In 2017, Giuliani was hired to work in the Trump Administration, in the Office of Public Liaison, as an associate director. In 2019 Giuliani was promoted to be a special assistant to the president.[41] In his position, he helps arrange sports teams’ visits to the White House, and interfaces between the White House and a number of business, nonprofit, and other groups, meeting with the president at times up to four times a week.[6][42][2][43] He has also represented his office in White House meetings on the opioid crisis.[42] He originally had an annual salary of $77,000, which by mid-2018 had increased to $90,700, and by mid-2019 was $95,000.[41][44][42][44]

Giuliani's unescorted access to the West Wing was rescinded by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly around the beginning of June 2018.[45][46] After Kelly's departure in January 2019, Mick Mulvaney restored Giuliani's access.[41][42][44]

Giuliani has played golf with Trump since Giuliani was a teenager.[41] Since starting work at the White House, he has been a regular golf partner of Trump, and traveled with Trump for the sole purpose of playing a round or two of golf with the president.[47][42] In January 2020, the Irish Times called him "Trump's most regular playing partner".[26]

In September 2020, The New York Post reported that Giuliani was considering running for mayor of New York City in 2021.[6] Giuliani was critical of current mayor Bill de Blasio's policies, and especially of his budget cuts and disbanding of the New York Police Department's undercover anti-crime unit.[6]

On December 16, 2020, Trump stated his intention to nominate Giuliani to serve as a board member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.[48][49]

Personal life[edit]

Guiliani is an Italian-American,[6] was raised in the Catholic faith and was baptized by Monsignor Alan Placa.

In 2010 and 2011, Guiliani dated Sarah Hughes, a competitive figure skater and Olympic gold medal winner.[50] In August 2016, he announced his engagement to Zivile Rezgyte (Lithuanian: Živilė Rezgytė), a Lithuanian-born real estate account executive whom he had met at Yankee Stadium.[6][51][52] They married in a Catholic ceremony at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village in Manhattan on July 14, 2017.[53]

On November 20, 2020, Giuliani tested positive for COVID-19.[54] He experienced mild symptoms.[55]


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