Barbara Lifton

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Barbara Lifton
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 125th district
Assumed office
January 2003
Preceded by Martin Luster
Personal details
Born 1950/1951 (age 63–64)[1]
Geneseo, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Don[2] (divorced)[1]
Children two[3]
Residence Ithaca, New York[3]
Alma mater SUNY Geneseo[3]
Profession teacher, politician
Website Official website

Barbara S. Lifton[2] (born 1950/1951)[1] is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 125, which includes Tompkins County in its entirety, as well as the City of Cortland and towns of Cortlandville and Virgil in Cortland County.[3]

She attended SUNY College at Geneseo, receiving a B.A. in English a teacher certification in 1973, and an M.A. in English in 1985.[3] Lifton was an English teacher in the Geneseo Central School from 1976 to 1982, then in the Ithaca public school system from 1985 to 1988. For fourteen years before entering the Assembly she served as the Chief of Staff to former Assemblyman Marty Luster. She also served for two years on the Cornell/Community Waste Management Committee.

Lifton was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2002.[3] She ran uncontested in the November 2008 general election[4][5] and won the November 2010 general election with 62 percent of the vote.[6][7]

Fellow assemblyman Joseph Morelle, the chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, has been recruiting Lifton, among other candidates, in an effort to run against Republican Tom Reed for the vacant congressional seat formerly held by Eric Massa, who resigned in disgrace from the United States Congress, although Lifton lives outside the boundaries of that district. She has stated that she is considering the overture, as she has long wanted to have a say in global issues.[citation needed]

Lifton resides in Ithaca, New York. She has two children and three grandchildren.[3]


External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Martin Luster
New York State Assembly, 125th District