Updated: 12/21/2016 03:32 PM | First Published: 12/21/2016 10:17 AM

Jeanine Pirro's career: from county court to Fox News

Jeanine Pirro in action in the court

In November 1990, Jeanine Pirro became the first female county judge elected to the Westchester County Court Judge. She was re-elected in 1997 and in 2001.

Her political career began when she was appointed as a District Attorney in 1986. GOP candidate Andrew O’Rourke selected her as his running mate in his campaign, but she stepped down. In 1997, she was appointed to the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities. Upgraded protection for the victims of domestic violence was a major highlight in her time as the chairwoman of NY State Commission. 

Following her success as the State Commissioner, Pirro decided to run for the U.S Senate in August 2005. However, her Senate campaign got to a disastrous start when she misplaced a portion of her article and went silent for 32 seconds. Later she withdrew her name from the Senate election acknowledging the fact that she would lose to Democrat candidate Hilary Clinton. 

In December 2005 she said, “I have decided that my law enforcement background better qualifies me for a race for New York State attorney General rather than for the United States Senate.” Pirro became GOP’s candidate for the attorney general on 31st May 2006. However, the election results didn't favor her as she lost to Andrew Cuomo. 

Jeanine's television career has matched the success and fame that she accumulated from her legal and political career. A host of Fox Network's weekday program Justice with Judge Jeanine, she has hosted various other programs which including Larry King Live, Geraldo at Large, and The Joy Behar Show. Pirro has had a huge impact in the American media and recognizing her efforts she was honored with an Emmy in 2011. From her decorated career Pirro has accumulated a growing net worth of around 5 million dollars.