Rhoda Jacobs

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Rhoda Jacobs
New York State Assembly District 42
In office
1979 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2013
Years in position 36
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1978
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrooklyn College
Master'sBrooklyn College
Office website
Rhoda Jacobs is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. She has represented District 42 since 1979. Jacobs is presently the Assistant Speaker of the Assembly. Her previous political experiences include assistant speaker pro tempore for the New York State Assembly and chairperson of the Majority Program Committee, New York State Assembly.

Jacobs earned a BA and MA from Brooklyn College. She and her husband, Jerome, have three children.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jacobs has been appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacobs served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Jacobs ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 42. She defeated Rodneyse Bichotte in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

New York State Assembly, District 42 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRhoda Jacobs Incumbent 67.6% 3,923
Rodneyse Bichotte 32.4% 1,882
Total Votes 5,805



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Jacobs defeated Michele Adolphe in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated Alan Kesler (R) in the general election on November 2.[5]

New York State Assembly, District 42 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rhoda Jacobs (D) 15,363
Alan Kesler (R) 1,260


On November 4, 2008 Jacobs won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 42, defeating opponent Alan Kesler (R).

Jacobs raised $56,493 for his campaign while Kesler raised $0.[6]

New York State Assembly, District 42 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rhoda Jacobs (D) 25,108
Alan Kesler (R) 1,643

Campaign donors


In 2010, Jacobs received $70,071 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]


In 2008, a year in which Jacobs was up for election, she collected $56,493 in donations.[8]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
Century 21 Department Stores of New Jersey LLC $5,000
New York State United Teachers $4,500
Friends of Sheldon Silver $3,800
Three individual donations each of: $2,000

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