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|Born|| September 18, 1973
|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts Lowell
|Known for||Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign|
Early lifeCorey Lewandowski was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lowell Catholic High School in 1991. After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; he graduated in 1995 with a BA in Political Science. In 1997 he earned a master's degree in Political Science from American University.
Early work in politicsIn 1994, while still an undergraduate college student, he ran for the 16th Middlesex district seat of the Massachusetts House of Representatives; he lost to Thomas Golden, a Democrat. He then worked on many political campaigns before earning his MA at American University. After completing this degree in 1997, Lewandowski interned for Massachusetts State Senator Steven C. Panagiotakos, a Democrat. He also worked on campaign for Peter G. Torkildsen who with Peter I. Blute were the last Republican members of the US House delegation from Massachusetts. Lewandowski worked on Ohio Republican Bob Ney's campaign. He previously worked for the Republican National Committee which he left in 2001.
In 2001, Lewandowski served as campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire.
Business workFrom 2003 to 2004, Lewandowski served as the executive director of the New England Seafood Producers Association. From 2004 to 2012, Lewandowski was a lobbyist with Schwartz MSL, a Boston-based public affairs firm that represents clients in the technology, healthcare, and green energy sectors.
Return to politicsIn 2011, Lewandowski worked for Americans for Prosperity as its New Hampshire director. He criticized the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system for state utilities, saying "it does nothing to reduce greenhouse gases because jobs and businesses just move to other states."
Lewandowski left AFP around January 2015.
In 2012, while still working for Americans for Prosperity, Lewandowski ran unsuccessfully for the town treasurer of Windham, his adopted hometown. He ran on the premise that Windham needed to be more transparent about its budget.
Trump 2016 presidential campaignLewandowski first met Trump in 2014 at a political event in New Hampshire. Six months before Trump announced his campaign, Lewandowski was invited to Trump Tower where he accepted an offer from Trump to run his campaign.
Lewandowski's playbook running Trump's campaign has been “Let Trump be Trump” and those words appear on his office white board. Trump himself described Lewandowski's approach by saying that “he leaves me alone, but he knows when to make his presence felt”.
After a win in New Hampshire on February 9, 2016, Trump acknowledged Lewandowski's role in the win by praising his ground game.
Michelle Fields incident and battery charge
Main article: Michelle Fields incidentOn March 8, 2016, Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart News, alleged she was yanked out of the way and bruised by Lewandowski while attempting to pose a question to candidate Donald Trump while he was exiting a room in the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida following a press conference. Ben Terris of the Washington Post identified Lewandowski as the man who yanked her. The Trump campaign denied the allegations despite video evidence showing the altercation.
On March 29, 2016, Lewandowski was charged with one count of simple battery by the Jupiter Police Department for the March 8 incident. A court date was set for May 4, 2016, after Lewandowski surrendered himself to the authorities. He released a statement maintaining his innocence. The Jupiter Police also released closed-circuit video of the incident taken by an overhead camera at the Trump National Golf Club resort.
Other alleged physical incidents at campaign ralliesLater in March, Lewandowski was again the center of another incident in Tucson, Arizona. Lewandowski was said to have grabbed an uncooperative protester by the collar at an event in on March 19, 2016, after asking him to leave. The campaign denied the allegation.
- "Trump Campaign Denies That Video Shows Lewandowski Grabbing Protester". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-21.