Sean Ryan

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Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan.jpg
New York State Assembly District 149
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedSeptember 13, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 144
Bachelor'sSUNY College at Fredonia
J.D.Brooklyn Law School
Office website
Sean Ryan is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 149. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on September 13, 2011.

He previously represented District 144 in the Assembly from 2011 to 2013.


Ryan earned his B.A. from SUNY College at Fredonia and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. His professional experience includes working as a lawyer at a private practice, at Neighborhood Legal Services, and at the Legal Aide Bureau of Buffalo.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ryan served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Conservation
Local Governments
Veterans' Affairs


Campaign themes


Interview with Sean Ryan.[2]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Ryan ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 149. He defeated Joseph A. Mascia (who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket) and Kevin P. Gaughan in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated Joseph A. Mascia in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

New York State Assembly, District 149, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSean Ryan Incumbent 82.8% 35,855
     Conservative Joseph A. Mascia 17.2% 7,431
Total Votes 43,286
New York State Senate, District 149 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Ryan Incumbent 64.5% 5,135
Kevin Gaughan 28.6% 2,274
Joseph Mascia 6.9% 549
Total Votes 7,958


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Sam Hoyt (D) resigned from the Assembly and accepted a senior position at Empire State Development Corporation.[5]

Ryan defeated Sean Kipp (R) and Gregory Horn (G) in the September 13, 2011 special election. Ryan also ran on the Working Family Party ticket.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sean Ryan is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Sean Ryan raised a total of $240,613 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[7]

Sean Ryan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 149 Won $176,579
2011 New York State Assembly special election, District 144 Won $64,034
Grand Total Raised $240,613


Sean Ryan won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Sean Ryan raised a total of $176,579.


Ryan and his wife, Catherine, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Giglio (R)
New York Assembly District 149
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sam Hoyt
New York Assembly District 144
Succeeded by
Jane Corwin (R)