Mr. Morgenthau was the district attorney for Manhattan from 1975 to 2009, and was the longest serving incumbent of that position. In his nine terms in office, his staff conducted about 3.5 million criminal prosecutions. During that period, homicides in Manhattan were reduced by over 90%. Mr. Morgenthau vigorously prosecuted white-collar criminals as well, becoming the nation’s leading proponent of the enforcement of state law to combat “crime in the suites.”
Mr. Morgenthau serves as the chairman of New York City’s Police Athletic League and as chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. He lives in Manhattan and on a farm in Dutchess County with two of his seven children and with his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks.