|New York State Assembly District 54|
|2011 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||September 13, 2011|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Espinal earned his bachelor's degree in English from Queens College. His professional experience includes working as a Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, serving as a community liaison for Council Member Dilan, and working as an adult literacy teacher for St. Rita's Church Adult Literacy/GED Program.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espinal served on the following committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Racing and Wagering|
|• Real Property Taxation|
|• Small Business|
|• Social Services|
Espinal's campaign site highlighted the following policy goals and campaign themes:
- Education: "Rafael is looking to bring more adult literacy and GED programs back into the district to empower our community. Neighborhood residents will receive the tools needed to capitalize on opportunities and better paying jobs. Rafael will also look to find ways to implement more arts programs into our public schools."
- Affordable Rental Housing and Increased Home Ownership: "He will work with community based organizations and local elected officials to further expand affordable housing services... Property taxes create an environment that is unfair to both owners and tenants. When in Albany, he will look to vote on legislation to put a tax cap on property taxes across the city."
- Health Care: "As our next Assembly representative, Rafael will work to enforce and expand on the Medical Redesign Team's recommendations, and find community based solutions to health care needs."
- Green Community: "Rafael Espinal is committed to spearheading the fight for groundbreaking programs that would reduce energy bills for homeowners, reduce our carbon footprints and create green jobs for families in our community..."
- Fiscal Responsibility: "Wasteful spending on useless projects that serve the interests of lobbyists and self-serving politicians should be eliminated. This will ensure adequate funding for our primary necessities such as education, transportation, health care and cultural institutions."
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012
Espinal ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 54. He defeated Juan C. Rodriguez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. He defeated Khorshed A. Chowdhury in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|New York State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Rafael Espinal Incumbent||96.6%||24,242|
|Republican||Khorshed A. Chowdhury||3.4%||858|
|New York State Assembly, District 54 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Rafael Espinal Incumbent||66.1%||2,245|
Espinal defeated Jesus Gonzalez (WFP) and Deidra Towns (Community First) in the September 13, 2011 special election. Espinal also ran on the Republican, Conservative, and United We Can Party tickets.
Comprehensive donor information for Rafael Espinal is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Rafael Espinal raised a total of $194,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.
|Rafael Espinal's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New York State Assembly, District 54||$127,635|
|2011||New York State Assembly special elections, District 54||$66,697|
|Grand Total Raised||$194,332|
2012Rafael Espinal won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Rafael Espinal raised a total of $127,635.
|New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rafael Espinal's campaign in 2012|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$5,200|
|Friends of Mike Gianaris||$4,300|
|Plumbing Foundation of City of New York||$4,100|
|Green Star Builders||$4,100|
|Total Raised in 2012||$127,635|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2012, Espinal’s endorsements included the following:
- 32BJ/SEIU 
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Rafael + Espinal + New York + Assembly"
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- New York Assembly- Rep. Espinal]
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile
- The Empire, "'I’m a grassroots kid': Rafael Espinal, Vito Lopez, and the special election in Brooklyn’s 54th Assembly District," August 12, 2011
- Gotham Gazette, "Three Candidates Vie in a Special Special Election," August 24, 2011
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2011
- Rafael Espinal, LinkedIn Profile, accessed September 9, 2011
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- Times Newsweekly.com, Assemblywoman Pheffer's New Gig, accessed June 2, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "6 of 6 Dems capture NY Assembly special elections," September 13, 2011
- followthemoney.org, "Espinal Jr, Rafael" Accessed September 24, 2013
- New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
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