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John L. Sampson

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John L. Sampson
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New York Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
1997 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrooklyn College
J.D.Albany Law School
Personal
BirthdayJune 17, 1965
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John L. Sampson (b. June 17, 1965) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He has previously served as Democratic Conference Leader, State Senate Minority Leader, and as Deputy Majority Leader.

Biography

Sampson earned his B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College in 1987 and his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1991. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Alter and Barbaro, Esquires, since 1993, as a litigation assistant for Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn from 1987 to 1988, working for the Department of Environmental Conservation from 1988 to 1991 and as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York from 1991 to 1993.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sampson served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Judiciary
Codes
Finance
Health
Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sampson served on this committee:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sampson served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Sampson ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 19. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Sampson defeated Jane Neal (R) and Elias J. Weir (C) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

New York State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Sampson Incumbent 90.4% 78,974
     Republican Jane Neal 8.3% 7,226
     Conservative Elias J. Weir 1.4% 1,196
Total Votes 87,396

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Sampson was unopposed in the September 14 Democratic Primary. He defeated Rose Laney in the general election.[3] He ran as a member of the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence parties.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 19 (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png John L. Sampson (D) 43,450
Rose Laney (R) 3,071

2008

On November 4, 2008, John L. Sampson won the election for New York State Senate, District 19 with 69,811 votes.

Sampson raised $198,435 for his campaign.[4]

New York State Senate, District 19 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png John L. Sampson (D) 69,811
Godfrey Jelks (R) 3,577

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Sampson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, John Sampson raised a total of $3,704,379 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[5]

John Sampson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $521,700
2010 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $2,555,145
2008 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $198,435
2006 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $47,925
2004 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $106,715
2002 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $122,270
2000 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $88,515
1998 New York State Senate, District 19 Won $63,674
Grand Total Raised $3,704,379

2012

John Sampson won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, John Sampson raised a total of $521,700.

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Sampson's 2010 campaign.[6]

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to John L. Sampson's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $11,900
New York State Trial Lawyers $5,400
Gregory Messer PLLC $5,000
PK Associates $5,000
Cosimo & Nancy Tristani $5,000

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Sampson’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Sampson and his wife, Crystal, have one child.

Controversies

Embezzlement Scandal

Sampson was arrested on May 6, 2013 and charged with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements. The charges stem from an investigation over the sale of foreclosed, where Sampson is alleged to have stolen over $400,000 while acting as a court-appointed referee. Sampson plead not guilty to the embezzlement charges on May 7 and had bail set at $250,000.[8]

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Preceded by
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New York State Senate District 19
1997–present
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