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Kevin Parker
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New York Senate District 21
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
Master'sNew School for Social Research
Ph.D.City University of New York
Date of birthMarch 6, 1967
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
Office website
Kevin S. Parker (b. March 6, 1967) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Parker is currently serving as Majority Whip.

Parker was the Special Assistant to Assemblyman Nick Perry. He was also Lead Advance for Hillary Clinton for United States Senate in 1999 and 2000. He then ran for New York City Council in 2001 but was not elected.


Parker earned his BS in Public Service from Pennsylvania State University in 1989, and his MS in a New School for Social Research from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy in 1993. He is currently attending the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center for his PhD in Political Science.

His professional experience includes working as Project Manager for the New York State Urban Development Corporation, as a Professor in African Studies and Political Science, and as a Legislative Aide for New York City Council Member Una Clarke. He was also an Instructor at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York from 1993 to 1997. From 1998 to 1999 he was a Political Action Director for Paine Webber, Incorporated. He also worked as Special Assistant to the Office of the New York State Comptroller from 2000 to 2002.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
Higher Education


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


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



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Parker ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 21. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Parker defeated Mindy Meyer (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [1][2]

New York State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Parker Incumbent 97.2% 95,310
     Republican Mindy Meyer 2.8% 2,733
Total Votes 98,043


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Parker defeated Wellington Sharpe in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Jeffrey Lodge (R) and Brian Kelly (C) in the general election. He ran as a member of the Democratic and Working Families parties.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Parker (D) 38,327
Jeffrey Lodge (R) 5,950
Brian Kelly (Conservative) 1,024


On November 4, 2008 Kevin Parker won the election for New York State Senate, District 21 with 61,579 votes.

Parker raised $523,842 for his campaign.[3]

New York State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Parker (D) 61,579
Glenn P. Nocera (R) 6,594

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


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

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin Parker (New York)'s campaign in 2010
New York State United Teachers$15,500
New York State Trial Lawyers$15,500
New York Farm Bureau$12,205
Cmte To Elect John Sampson$11,000
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East$11,000
Total Raised in 2010 $398,844


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Kevin Parker's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New York State United Teachers $15,500
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $15,500
Malcolm A. Smith $15,000
New York State Trial Lawyers $14,500
New York Democratic Senate Campaign CMTE $10,000



In 2012, Parker’s endorsements included the following:


Assault conviction

On March 21, 2011, Parker was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,672 for assaulting a photographer from the New York Post.[6] The incident occurred in May 2009 when the photographer was taking pictures of Parker outside of his home. Following an exchange of words, Parker damaged the man's car and camera. Parker was previously ordered to take anger management classes in 2005 after being charged with punching a traffic agent.[7]

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