Terry W. Gipson

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Terry Gipson
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New York State Senate District 41
Former member
In office
January 1, 2013 - January 1, 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas Tech, 1987
Master'sPenn State, 1991
Campaign website
Terry W. Gipson is a former Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 41 from 2012 to January 1, 2015. He was defeated in the November 4, 2014, general election by Susan J. Serino (R).
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, which amounts to 4.8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of nine districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were eight districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection
Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Local Government
Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs


Campaign themes


Gipson's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Lowering the Cost of Living

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to fight the Albany status quo and rally support for tackling this vexing issue that will really lower the cost of living and doing business in New York and the Hudson Valley while ensuring that every child in New York receives a quality education."

Reforming Common Core

  • Excerpt: "This year’s budget included important changes to Common Core, but we must do more. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the legislature to ensure that the concerns of parents, teachers, and students are heard and that progress continues to be made."

Get Corporations Out of Our Schools

  • Excerpt: "As part of its flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum, New York State contracted the London-based Pearson Corporation to develop Common Core-based tests and teacher certification programs. I took issue with the state’s approach of entrusting our children’s education to a for-profit, foreign-based corporation and introduced legislation to empower New Yorkers to take back our schools."
  • Excerpt: "My legislation would: STOP the use of Pearson-developed exams and prohibit the State Education Department from entering future contracts with Pearson (S.7451). PREVENT hardworking teachers from being required to take a certification exam administered by Pearson (S.7745)."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Terry W. Gipson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Susan J. Serino was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gipson ran on the Working Families Party, Green Party and Tax Relief Now Party tickets. Serino ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Gipson was defeated by Serino in the general election.[2][3][4]

The New York State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, or 4.8 percent of the chamber. District 41 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia, Democrat & Chronicle and Lohud.com as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. In a traditionally Republican district, incumbent Terry W. Gipson (D) was defeated by Dutchess County legislator Susan J. Serino (R) in the general election. In 2012, Gipson defeated incumbent Stephen Saland (R) by a margin of victory of 2 percent. In a Siena College poll taken in October, Serino led Sen. Gipson, 52 percent to 40 percent.[5][6]

New York State Senate District 41, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan J. Serino 50.8% 42,267
     Democratic Terry W. Gipson Incumbent 46.4% 38,625
     None Blank 2.7% 2,221
     None Scattering 0.1% 74
     None Void 0% 13
Total Votes 83,200


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Gipson ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 41. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Gipson defeated incumbent Stephen M. Saland (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

New York State Senate, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry W. Gipson 43.8% 53,562
     Republican Stephen Saland Incumbent 42.1% 51,466
     Conservative Neil A. DiCarlo 14.1% 17,300
Total Votes 122,328

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Terry Gipson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Terry Gipson raised a total of $227,655 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[10]

Terry Gipson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 41 Won $227,655
Grand Total Raised $227,655


Terry Gipson won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Terry Gipson raised a total of $227,655.


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In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Saland (R)
New York Senate District 41
2013–January 1, 2015
Succeeded by
Susan J. Serino (R)