J. Gustavo Rivera

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J. Gustavo Rivera
J. Gustavo Rivera.jpg
New York Senate District 33
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puerto Rico
Ph.D.CUNY Graduate Center
Place of birthSanturce, Puerto Rico
ProfessionProfessor, Pace University
Office website
Gustavo Rivera is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 33 since 2011.

Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico in 1998. Following this, he moved to New York to pursue a doctoral degree in political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He became a faculty member in the political science department at Pace University in 2005.

Outside of the academic realm, Rivera has worked as a community organizer for campaigns at the local and state level. He also served as the Hispanic Vote Director for Florida under Barack Obama's campaign for president.

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[1]

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Crime Victims, Crime and Correction
Higher Education


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



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Rivera ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 33. Rivera defeated Manuel R. Tavarez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Rivera defeated Michael E. Walters (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

New York State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ. Gustavo Rivera Incumbent 96.1% 57,167
     Republican Michael E. Walters 3.9% 2,296
Total Votes 59,463
New York State Senate, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGustavo Rivera Incumbent 69.5% 4,988
Manuel Tavarez 30.5% 2,193
Total Votes 7,181



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Rivera defeated incumbent Pedro Espada in the September 14 Democratic primary by a margin of 6,870-3,607.[5] Rivera defeated John McCarthy (R) in the general election on November 2.[6]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Rivera was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 33 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J. Gustavo Rivera (D) 27,417
John Reynolds (G) 833

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Rivera raised a total of $387,089 in campaign contributions.[7]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
New York State Trial Lawyers $16,500
1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East $15,500
Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York $10,500
Pearl, Morris $10,000

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Preceded by
Pedro Espada (D)
New York State Senate District 33
Succeeded by