Dean Skelos

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Dean Skelos
Dean Skelos.jpg
New York Senate District 9
In office
1985 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 30
Temporary Co-President of the Senate
2012 - present
Co-Majority Leader, New York State Senate
2011 - present
Minority Leader, New York State Senate
2009 - 2010
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
State Assembly
1981 to 1983
Bachelor'sWashington College
J.D.Fordham Law School
Date of birthFebruary 16, 1948
Place of birthRockville Centre, NY
Office website
Dean G. Skelos (b. February 16, 1948) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 9 since 1985 and currently serving as Temporary President/Majority Republican Leader; he alternates the presidential role daily with Majority Independent Democratic Leader Jeffrey Klein.

Skelos served in the New York State Assembly from 1981 to 1983. From 1995 to 2008, he was Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations. He was briefly Temporary President/Majority Leader in the senate in 2009. He previously served as Minority Leader in the 2009-2010 session.

Skelos works as Counsel for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Professional Corporation.

Skelos earned his BA in History from Washington College in 1970. He went on to receive his JD from Fordham Law School in 1975.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair


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


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


Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[1] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water, and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014, expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Skelos and his fellow Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a February 5 press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau, and AARP.[2] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[3]


In June 2012, Skelos led the fight against 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.[4]



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Skelos ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 9. 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. Skelos defeated Thomas H. Feffer (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [5][6]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 60.7% 68,816
     Democratic Thomas H. Feffer 39.3% 44,646
Total Votes 113,462


Skelos ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated George Sava(D) in the general election.[7] Skelos is running as a member of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 9 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Skelos (R) 59,252
George Sava (D) 30,804


On November 4, 2008 Dean Skelos won the election for New York State Senate, District 9 with 82,410 votes.

Skelos raised $903,024 for his campaign.[8]

New York State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Skelos (R) 82,410
Roy D. Simon (D) 45,038

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


As of August 2012, Skelos had received $9,500 from the Correctional Officers Benevolent Association, a public sector prison union, during the 2011-2012 campaign cycle.[9]


Listed below are the largest contributors to Skelos's 2010 campaign.[10]


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Dean Skelos' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Physicians Reciprocal Insurers $14,500
Roger B. Tilles $12,000
New York State Police Investigators Association $11,850
New York State Court Clerks Association $11,300
New York State AFL-CIO $10,500


Skelos and his wife Gail have one child.

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New York State Senate District 9
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