Earlene Hill Hooper

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Earlene Hill Hooper
New York State Assembly District 18
In office
1988 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 27
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorfolk State College
Master'sAdelphi University
OtherFive Towns College
Office website
Earlene Hill Hooper is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 18. She was first elected to the chamber in 1988 after winning a special election. She is currently serving as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Her other political experience's include chair of the majority conference, New York State Assembly in 2001; serving on the national Democratic Platform Committee for the Democratic National Party; and committeewoman of Nassau County Democratic Party.


Hooper earned a BA in English from Norfolk State College, a MSW from Adelphi University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Five Towns College. [1] Hooper is presently an adjunct professor for Adelphi University, Graduate School of Social Work. Her other professional experiences include a shop steward for public employees federation, Department of Social Services Office, an administrator for the New York State Department of Social Services Division of Children and Family Services, and a social worker.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hooper served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hooper served on the following committees:


Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Hooper sponsored or co-sponsored two of these eight.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[3] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[4]

  • Assembly Bill 4879, sponsored by Peter Abbate, Eric Stevenson, William Colton, Vivian Cook, and Hooper would allow employees in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) to retire with full benefits after 35 years of employment without regard to their age. This bill would cost the state government an estimated $87 million.[5]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Hooper ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 18. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Independence Party of New York State ticket. She defeated Elton E. McCabe in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarlene Hill Hooper Incumbent 90.2% 35,571
     Republican Elton E. McCabe 9.8% 3,848
Total Votes 39,419


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Hooper defeated Van White and Jack Prophet in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated Derek Partee (R) in the general election on November 2.[9] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Independence Party of New York State ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 18 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earlene Hill Hooper (D) 20,666
Derek Partee (R) 4,220


On November 4, 2008 Hooper won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 18, defeating opponents Darren Bryant (R) and Henry Conyers (WF).

Hooper raised $50,288 for his campaign while Bryant raised $0 and Conyers raised $13,491.[10]

New York State Assembly, District 18 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earlene Hooper (D) 31,629
Darren Bryant (R) 4,538
Henry Conyers (WF) 990

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hooper received $43,890 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


In 2008, a year in which Hooper was up for re-election, she collected $50,288 in donations.[12]

Donor Amount
New York State United Teachers $3,800
Fannie Lou Hammer $2,500
New York State AFL-CIO $2,250
Keyspan Energy $2,000
Independence Party of New York $2,000
Carl Burnett Funeral Home $2,000


Hill-Hooper is married to Thomas.

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