|New York State Assembly District 65|
|January 1, 1977-Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||37|
|Speaker of the House|
|Base salary||Comparison of state legislative salaries|
|Per diem||$171/day and $61/half-day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November, 1976|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Brooklyn Law School|
|Birthday||February 13, 1944|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
Silver's professional experiences include an attorney in private practice and law secretary for Civil Court Judge Francis Pecora.
Silver earned a BA from Yeshiva University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Silver has been appointed to the following committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Silver served on the following committees:
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012
Silver ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 65. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated Wave Chan in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|New York State Assembly, District 65, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Sheldon Silver Incumbent||83.7%||25,128|
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010
Silver ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.
|New York State Assembly, District 64 2010|
|Sheldon Silver (D)||16,881|
On November 4, 2008 Silver won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 64, defeating opponent Danniel Maio (R).
Silver raised $473,580 for his campaign while Maio raised $8,607.
|New York State Assembly, District 64 2008|
|Sheldon Silver (D)||27,632|
|Danniel Maio (R)||7,387|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $576,039 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sheldon Silver's campaign in 2010|
|New York State Health Care Providers||$7,800|
|New York State Funeral Directors Association||$7,600|
|Uniformed Sanitation Men's Association Local 831||$7,600|
|New York State Court Clerks Association||$6,800|
|Bond Schoeneck & King||$5,800|
|Total Raised in 2010||$576,039|
In 2008, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $473,580 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|New York State Assembly 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sheldon Silver's campaign in 2008|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$7,600|
|AFSCME District Council 37||$6,301|
|Five groups that each gave:||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2008||$473,580|
In late August 2012, it was reported that the Assembly made a secret payment of $103,080 two months earlier in order to settle sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D). While Lopez was censured by the Assembly on August 24 after an internal ethics committee investigation substantiated allegations by two other women, the earlier case never went to the ethics committee.
Silver approved the settlement, but once it came to light said it was the wrong decision. “I take full responsibility in not insisting that all cases go to the ethics committee. While that opinion is both legally correct and ethical and can result in a resolution sought by complaining employees, I now believe it was the wrong one from the perspective of transparency,” he stated.
Family voter registration irregularities
In September 2012, the New York Post obtained information regarding voter registration problems pertaining to Silver's children. Years after having moved out of district or out of New York state altogether, three of his children, Edward, Michelle, and Esther, remained registered to vote in their father’s Lower East Side district. Presumably, they neglected to change their registration so that they would have the opportunity to vote for him, despite the fact that in recent years Silver has faced little or no electoral opposition.
An attorney interviewed by the Post stated that this type of false registration is at least a misdemeanor and could be classified as a felony in some cases.
Silver and his wife, Rosa, have four children; Edward, Janine, Michelle, and Esther.
- New York Assembly - Rep. Sheldon Silver
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- New York State Assembly "Rules Committee," Accessed May 18, 2012
- 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
- New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
- New York Times NY state legislative election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- 2010 contributions to Sheldon Silver
- 2008 contributions to Sheldon Silver
- New York Times, "Assembly Leader Admits Fault as Critics Assail Secret Payoff," August 28, 2012
- New York Post, "Cuomo's on the case," August 29, 2012
- New York Post "Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s children moved away from father's Lower East Side district — but still vote in dad’s elections," Accessed September 17, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Silver
Micah Kellne (D)
|New York Assembly District 65
| Succeeded by|
|New York Assembly District 64
| Succeeded by|
Nicole Malliotakis (R)
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