James L. Seward

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James L. Seward
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New York Senate District 51
In office
1987 - 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 electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHartwick College
Place of birthOtsego County, NY
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
James L. Seward is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 51 since 1987 and currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference. From 2007 to 2008 he was 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. He then joined the New York State Senate in 1987.

Seward was on the Legislative Staff for Senators Charles D. Cook and L. S. "Steve" Riford and for Aseemblymen Donald Mitchell and Peter Dokuchitz. He was also Town Justice for the Town of Milford in 1975.

Seward earned his BA 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.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance, Chair
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities


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


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



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.[1]

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


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

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


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

Seward raised $645,652 for his campaign.[3]

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


Listed below are the largest contributors to Seward's 2010 campaign.[4]

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


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


Seward and his wife, Cindy, have two children.

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