Pedro Espada Jr.

Pedro Espada Jr. DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Pedro Espada Jr.DEMDemocrat American politician
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NYResidence (state)

Pedro Espada Jr. (born October 20, 1953) is an American convicted felon and former politician. A Democrat, Espada served in the New York Senate. Espada was at the center of a June 2009 power struggle in the State Senate. He was one of two Democratic senators who voted to appoint Republican Dean Skelos as Majority Leader. After his return to the Democratic caucus on July 9, 2009, Espada was chosen as Senate Majority Leader; he is the first Hispanic to have held that post. Dogged by scandals, he was defeated by Gustavo Rivera in a September 2010 primary election. On December 14, 2010, Espada was indicted on six federal counts of embezzlement and theft; he was stripped of his leadership position in the State Senate the same day and left office in January 2011. Espada was convicted on federal corruption charges in May 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Education5 - 5 of 3
New York University Real Estate Institute
Certificate
1990
Fordham University
BA
1975
University of Pennsylvania
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Majority Leader
New York State Senate
2009 - 2010
Democratic Party
District Leader
1988 - 1992
Bronx Area Policy Board
Chair
1978 - 1991
Served previously as Democrat
running in 1996 for the Liberal party
Family Counselor and Community Organizer
1977 - 1979
Bilingual Teacher
1975 - 1976
Experience
Legislator
Other Experience1 - 6 of 6
Bronx Health Systems Agency
Board of Directors
1984 - 1987
Stevenson Commons Tenant Association
President
1978 - 1986
Community Leadership Network
Founder
1980 - Current
Bronx Area Policy Board
Chair
Chair
Senate Task Force on Bronx Economic Development
Vice President
Senate for Urban Policy