Joseph J. "Joe" Lhota (born October 7, 1954) is an American politician, former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and former deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani. He was the Republican nominee in his unsuccessful bid for the 2013 election for Mayor of New York City.
Joe Lhota was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Jackie and Joseph "Joe" Lhota, a retired NYPD police officer. His paternal grandfather was a FDNY firefighter, and his maternal grandfather was a New York City taxi driver. His father’s family is Czech. His maternal grandfather was of Italian descent and his maternal grandmother was Jewish. Lhota was raised Catholic, and self-identifies as a Christian, although he would be considered Jewish according to Jewish law. The family later moved to Lindenhurst. He is the first member of his family to attend college, graduating with honors from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business with a degree in business administration in 1976. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Lhota returned to New York City and began a fourteen year career as an investment banker at First Boston and Paine Webber. He specialized in public finance, serving state and local governments throughout the United States...
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