Christine Callaghan Quinn (born July 25, 1966) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she formerly served as the Speaker of the New York City Council. The third person to hold this office, she is the first female and first openly gay speaker. As City Council speaker, Quinn was New York City's third most powerful public servant, behind the mayor and public advocate. She ran to succeed Michael Bloomberg as the city's mayor in the 2013 mayoral election, but she came in third in the Democratic primary.
Quinn was born in Glen Cove, New York, one of two daughters of Mary and Lawrence Quinn. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1982. She went to School of the Holy Child in Old Westbury and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1988. She served as head of the Housing Justice Campaign for the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development...
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