Paul Tonko

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Paul Tonko
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U.S. House, New York, District 21
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
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
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 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]


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]


Political positions

Specific Votes



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] He is also running as a Working Families and Independence candidate.[8]


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).[9]

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[10]April 14, 2012$374,420.88$117,742.93$(52,117.70)$440,046.11
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$443,592.36$92,295.75$(23,922.74)$511,965.37
October Quarterly[12]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.[13]


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 ranks 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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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 is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[15]

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.[16]


Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[17]

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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