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Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, [[New York]].<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, [[New York]].<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
==External links==
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*[http://gibson.house.gov/ U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson] ''official U.S. House site''
*[http://tonko.house.gov/ Congressman Paul D. Tonko] ''official U.S. House site''
*[http://www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com Chris Gibson for Congress] ''official campaign site''
*[http://paultonko.com/ Paul Tonko for Congress] ''official campaign site''
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Revision as of 20:40, 23 December 2011

Paul Tonko
Paul Tonko.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 21
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sClarkson University
BirthdayJune 18, 1949
Place of birthAmsterdam, New York
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Paul David Tonko (b. June 18, 1949) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Tonko was elected by voters from New York's 21th congressional district.


Tonko was born in Amsterdam, New York. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.[1]


After earning his degree, Tonko began to work as a public works engineer and state transportation agency employee. He was a member of Montgomery County's (New York) Board of Supervisors from 1976-1983, chairman of Montgomery County's (New York) Board of Supervisors in 1981, and a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983-2007. After finishing his last term, Tonko served as president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority from 2007-2008.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Tonko serves on the following committees:[3]


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Paul Tonko has voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[5]



On November 2, 2010, Tonko was elected to the United States House. He defeated Theodore J. Danz, Jr. (R), the Conservative Party candidate, and Blank/Scattering.[6]

United States House, New York General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko Incumbent 56.9% 124,889
     Republican Theodore J. Danz, Jr. 32% 70,211
     Conservative 7.1% 15,541
     Blank/Scattering 4% 8,784
Total Votes 219,425

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Tonko's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Tonko was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $987,959 and spent $813,619.[7]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Paul Tonko Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $987,959
Total Spent $813,619
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $43,939
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $41,622
Top contributors to Paul Tonko's campaign committee
Service Employees International Union$15,000
General Electric$11,500
Fiber Glass Industries$11,450
State of New York$10,660
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$61,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$56,543
Building Trade Unions$50,000
Health Professionals$41,800
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$37,450


Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[8]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gail Shaffer
New York State Assembly - New York District 105
Succeeded by
George Amedore