Lanny Davis was born December 12, 1945 and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Yale University and then Yale Law School and was inspired by John Kennedy and the Vietnam War to enter into politics. Those two factors led him to Senator Muskie, for whom he campaigned. He is a close friend of Joe Lieberman and after spending his first couple years of law school campaigning for various Democratic candidates, he spent his last year working for Muskie. He was chairman of the Yale Daily News and became the National Youth Coordinator under Muskie. He wrote a book about this titled, The Emerging Democratic Majority; Lessons and Legacies from the New Politics. At the time of the interview, he had recently resigned from the Clinton staff and wrote another book, Truth to Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself : Notes from My White House Education. He currently practices law at Patten and Boggs in Washington, D.C.
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