Brian Benjamin
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Brian Benjamin

Democrat

State Senator, District 30

New York

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Legislative Office Building
198 State Street Room 517
Albany, NY. 12247
New York
163 West 125th Street Harlem State Office Bldg.
New York, NY. 10007
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Brian Benjamin

State Senator, District 30
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Brian A. Benjamin (born December 9, 1976) is an American politician and businessman serving as the lieutenant governor of New York since September 9, 2021. Benjamin was first elected to the New York State Senate in a May 2017 special election. He represented New York's 30th State Senate district from 2017 to 2021. During his Senate tenure, Benjamin served as the senior assistant majority leader of the Senate and as chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenue. A political progressive, he focused on criminal law reform efforts such as bringing greater accountability to the NYPD, significantly limiting police no-knock warrants, ending cash bail, ending solitary confinement, not incarcerating parolees for parole violations, restoring the voting rights of parolees, allowing felons who completed their sentences to serve on juries, and passing an anti-chokehold act. Benjamin also sponsored the Rainy Day Fund law, a law that allowed New York City to set aside funds in a revenue stabilization fund. On August 26, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul appointed Benjamin to the post of lieutenant governor. He was sworn in on September 9, 2021.

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Experience

Education

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Harvard Business School
MBA
2003
Brown University
Bachelor's Public Policy
1998

Past Positions

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Lieutenant Governor
State of New York
2021 - Current
Senior Assistant Majority Leader
New York State Senate
2019 - 2021
Senator
New York State Senate
2017 - Current
Managing Director
Genesis Companies, Limited Liability Company
2010 - Current
Former Employee
Financial Management, Morgan Stanley
Former Intern
Bill Lynch & Associates

Other Experience

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Member
First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem
Current
Trustee
Brown University
Current
Delegate
Democratic National Convention
2012
Former Chair
Community Board 10, Manhattan
Former Member
National Finance Committee, President Obama
Former Chair
Budget and Revenues Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Rules Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Health Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Finance Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Codes Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Transportation Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Task Force On Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention, New York State Senate
Former Ranking Member
Civil Service and Pensions Committee, New York State Senate