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Paul Tonko
Paul Tonko.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 20
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sClarkson University
Date of birthJune 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 20th congressional district. Prior to the 2012 general election, he was the incumbent for the 21st district. Due to redistricting, he ran in the 20th district.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Tonko is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]


Tonko was born in Amsterdam, New York. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.[2]


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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Tonko serves on the following committees:[4]


Tonko served on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Tonko voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



See also: New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012

Tonko won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 20th district.[8] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Robert Dieterich in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9] He also ran as a Working Families and Independence candidate.[10] [11]


On November 2, 2010, Tonko was elected to the United States House. He defeated Theodore J. Danz, Jr. (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[12]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 21 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko Incumbent 56.9% 124,889
     Republican Theodore J. Danz, Jr. 39.1% 85,752
     Blank/Scattering 4% 8,784
Total Votes 219,425

Campaign donors


Paul Tonko Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 14, 2012$374,420.88$117,742.93$(52,117.70)$440,046.11
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$443,592.36$92,295.75$(23,922.74)$511,965.37
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$512,465.37$164,170.79$(159,346.77)$517,289.39
Running totals


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.[16]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Tonko paid his congressional staff a total of $961,575 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Tonko's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. Averaging to a net worth of $8,000.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[18]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Tonko tied with 19 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Paul Tonko voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[20]

Recent news

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Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[21]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Tonko" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "TONKO, Paul, (1949 - )"
  3. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  6. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. (Schenectady) Daily Gazette "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012
  9. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  10. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Paul Tonko," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Gibson
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 21
Succeeded by
Bill Owens
Preceded by
Gail Shaffer
New York State Assembly - New York District 105
Succeeded by
George Amedore