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The Amazing Human Launching Pads


Since serving his first term in the State Assembly at 23, New York’s senior U.S. senator has populated more than a few government offices­—and, in one case, movie sets—with his progeny.

Marisa Tomei
High-school intern (early eighties).
Currently: Actress.

Anthony Weiner
Congressional aide in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn (1985–91).
Currently: U.S. congressman.

Josh Isay
Press secretary (1994–96); chief of staff (1996–2000).
Currently: Managing director of political-communications firm SKDKnickerbocker.

Howard Wolfson
Communications director for Senate campaign (1998).
Currently: New York City deputy mayor.

Michael Cusick
Director of constituent services (1999–2002).
Currently: New York State assemblyman.

Daniel Squadron
Special assistant (2003–5); co-author with Schumer of Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time (2006–7).
Currently: New York State senator.

Cynthia Bauerly
Legislative director (2005–7).
Currently: Federal election commissioner.

Preet Bharara
Chief counsel (2005–9).
Currently: U.S. attorney, Southern District of New York.

Reporting by Elien Becque, S. Holland Bivins, and Jillian Goodman


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