Paul Tonko

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Paul Tonko
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U.S. House, New York, District 21
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
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
1983-2007
Education
Bachelor'sClarkson University
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1949
Place of birthAmsterdam, New York
ProfessionEngineer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
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 21st congressional district. Due to New York's redistricting, Tonko is running in the 20th district in 2012.

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

Biography

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

Career

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

2011-2012

Tonko serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Political positions

Specific Votes

Elections

2012

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

Tonko is running for re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he is running in the newly redrawn 20th district.[6] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Robert Dieterich in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7]

2010

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).[8]

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

2010

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.[9]
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

Personal

Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[10]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 21
2009–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Gail Shaffer
New York State Assembly - New York District 105
1983-2007
Succeeded by
George Amedore