|New York State Assembly District 47|
|1997 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||17|
|Majority Whip, New York State Assembly|
|2013 - present|
|Per diem||$61/half day and $171/full day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Saint John's University, 1968|
|J.D.||Saint John's School of Law, 1978|
Colton's professional experience is as a lawyer and public school teacher.
Colton earned a BA in Urban Education from Saint John's University; a MS in Urban Education from Brooklyn College and a JD from Saint John's School of Law. He is married to Mary and has two stepchildren; Jennifer and Joseph.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Colton served on the following committees:
- Correction Committee, New York State Assembly
- Environmental Conservation Committee, New York State Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York State Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York State Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, New York State Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Colton served on the following committees:
- Correction Committee, New York Assembly
- Environmental Conservation Committee, New York Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, New York Assembly
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012
Colton ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 47. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated James M. Rippa in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|New York State Assembly, District 47, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William Colton Incumbent||74.4%||14,370|
|Republican||James M. Rippa||25.6%||4,942|
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010
Colton ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Phyllis Carbo (R) 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 47 2010|
|William Colton (D)||8,605|
|Phyllis Carbo (R)||4,457|
On November 4, 2008 Colton won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 47, defeating opponent Russell Gallo (R).
Colton raised $140,097 for his campaign while Gallo raised $0.
|New York State Assembly, District 47 2008|
|William Colton (D)||14,949|
|Russell Gallo (R)||5,627|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Colton received $127,024 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William Colton's campaign in 2010|
|New York State Laborers||$10,410|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$3,800|
|New York State United Teachers||$3,400|
|New York State Afl-Cio||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$127,024|
In 2008, a year in which Colton was up for election, he collected $140,907 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|New York City District Council of Carpenters||$3,500|
|AFSCME District Council 37||$3,250|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$3,000|
|New York State United Teachers||$2,700|
- New York Assembly - Rep. William Colton
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Colton
- 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
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions to William Colton
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