James L. Seward

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James L. Seward
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New York Senate District 51
Incumbent
In office
1987 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHartwick College
Personal
Place of birthOtsego County, NY
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James L. Seward is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. He is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Senate Majority Whip.

Seward is a former Chairman for the Otsego County Republican Committee. He was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1976, 1980 and 1988. He was also an alternate delegate in 1996.

Biography

Seward earned his B.A. in Political Science from Hartwick College. He went on to attend the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York, Albany. His professional experience includes working on the legislative staff for Senators Charles D. Cook and L. S. "Steve" Riford and for Assemblymen Donald Mitchell and Peter Dokuchitz, and serving as Town Justice for the Town of Milford in 1975.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Education
Finance
Health
Insurance, Chair
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Seward served on these committees:

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent James L. Seward is unopposed in the Republican primary. Seward is also running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.[1]

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Seward ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 51. He defeated James W. Blake in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Seward defeated Howard D. Leib (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

New York State Senate, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Seward Incumbent 68.6% 76,428
     Democratic Howard D. Leib 31.4% 34,966
Total Votes 111,394
New York State Senate, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Seward Incumbent 80.6% 8,500
James Blake 19.4% 2,044
Total Votes 10,544

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Seward was unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He was unopposed in the November 2 general election.[5][6][7]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 51 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Seward (R) 66,956

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, James L. Seward won the election for New York State Senate, District 51 with 73,814 votes.[8][9]

Seward raised $645,652 for his campaign.[10]

New York State Senate, District 51 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James L. Seward (R) 73,814
Don Barber (D) 42,440

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for James Seward is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, James Seward raised a total of $2,796,123 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[11]

James Seward's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $583,738
2010 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $263,511
2008 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $645,652
2006 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $460,459
2004 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $373,823
2002 New York State Senate, District 51 Won $247,796
2000 New York State Senate, District 50 Won $177,078
1998 New York State Senate, District 50 Won $44,066
Grand Total Raised $2,796,123

2012

James Seward won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, James Seward raised a total of $583,738.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James L. Seward's campaign in 2012
Life Insurance Council of New York$12,550
Becker, Marjorie$12,500
New York State Police Investigators Association$11,650
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York$11,500
New York State Funeral Directors Association$10,300
Total Raised in 2012$583,738
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Seward's 2010 campaign.[12]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James L. Seward's campaign in 2010
Preferred Mutual Insurance$5,500
Eugene Bettiol$5,500
New York State Funeral Directors Association$5,370
Life Insurance Council of New York$5,250
Preferred Services Group Inc$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $263,511

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to James L. Seward's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York $13,500
Preferred Mutual Insurance Co $11,120
Jane F. Clark $9,500
Preferred Services $9,180
Life Insurance Council of New York $9,100

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2013-2014

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. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[13]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

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Personal

Seward and his wife, Cindy, have two children.

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New York State Senate District 51
1987–present
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