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Thomas Libous
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New York Senate District 52
Incumbent
In office
1989 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Deputy Majority Leader
2011 - present
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sState University of New York, Utica
Personal
BirthdayApril 16, 1953
ProfessionMarketing Director
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Thomas W. Libous (b. April 16, 1953) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988. He is currently serving as Deputy Majority Leader.

Libous was a Councilman for the City of Binghamton from 1984 to 1988.

On July 1, 2014, Libous was indicted on one count of lying to an FBI agent. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bail.[1]

Biography

Libous graduated from Broome Community College and earned his B.S. from the State University of New York, Utica. His professional experience includes working for Chase-Lincoln First Bank from 1975 to 1983 and as Vice-President of Marketing for Johnson City Publishing.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Marijuana Legislation

In June 2012, Libous opposed a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would have decriminalized the display of small amounts of marijuana. While possessing small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state, showing it to a police officer is not legal. Ultimately, Republicans were able to defeat the measure.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Libous ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 52. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Libous defeated John P. Orzel (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

New York State Senate, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Libous Incumbent 63.9% 71,912
     Democratic John P. Orzel 33.6% 37,856
     Working Families Party Barrett D. Esworthy 2.5% 2,798
Total Votes 112,566

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Libous was unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated John Orzel (R) in the November 2 general election.[5]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 52 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Libous (R) 52,700
John Orzel (D) 33,346

2008

On November 4, 2008, Thomas Libous ran unopposed and won the election for New York State Senate, District 52 with 77,078 votes.

Libous raised $1,944,434 for his campaign.[6]

New York State Senate, District 52 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Libous (R) 77,078

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thomas Libous is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Thomas Libous raised a total of $10,461,728 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[7]

Thomas Libous's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,369,879
2010 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,744,570
2008 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,944,434
2006 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,363,648
2004 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,609,505
2002 New York State Senate, District 52 Won $1,365,297
2000 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $583,989
1998 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $480,406
Grand Total Raised $10,461,728

2012

Thomas Libous won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thomas Libous raised a total of $1,369,879.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Libous's campaign in 2012
Libous, Thomas W$16,421
Lpl Financial$12,618
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker$12,440
Maines Paper & Food Service$12,326
Brown Mcmahon & Weinraub$10,500
Total Raised in 2012$1,369,879
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Libous's 2010 campaign.[8]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Libous's campaign in 2010
Maines Paper & Food Service$15,605
Newman Development Group$12,898
Real Estate Board Of New York$9,500
New York Construction Materials Association$9,500
Jeffrey Coghlan$9,500
Total Raised in 2010 $1,744,570

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Thomas Libous' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Maines Paper & Food Service $23,172
New York State AFL-CIO $10,250
Enterprise Rent-A-Car $10,250
New York State Association of Realtors $9,500
General Contractors Association of New York $9,500

Personal

Libous and his wife, Frances, have two children.

Controversies

Corruption

In May 2012, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics sent Libous a letter informing him of an investigation against him. He stated, "I will fully cooperate with any review that JCOPE wants to do and I would hope they would do it in an expeditious manner."[9]

The investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by Binghampton Mayor Matt Ryan asking JCOPE to look into comments made by Anthony Mangone in a federal trial. Mangone, a former attorney, said Libous asked him to give Libous' son a job with his law firm and in return Libous would help the firm get business. Libous denied such charges, saying, "There was no quid pro quo arrangement with the law firm. I made no promises and nothing transpired between me or my office and the firm."[9]

Libous said the move by Ryan, a Democrat, was politically motivated as there had been speculation that Ryan was considering a run for Libous' seat. In response Ryan said, "Senator Libous has been doing a lot of polling lately about different issues. I think that one question he should ask his constituents is, "Do you believe my story? Do you believe that I knew nothing about it?" And I guarantee you, a very high percentage of people would say no, we don't believe you."[10]On July 1, 2014, Libous was indicted on one count of lying to an FBI agent by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The indictment alleges that Libous hid "material facts" from investigators looking into the hiring of his son by a law firm. Libous pleaded not guilty in court and was released hours later on $50,000 bail. His son, Matthew, faces six charges over allegations that he hindered FBI investigations and did not report more than $28,000 in income and personal expenses paid on his behalf. Such expenses included internet dating subscriptions and trips to casinos.[1]

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