Christopher Friend

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Christopher S. Friend
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 137th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Tom O'Mara
Personal details
Born (1972-12-21) December 21, 1972 (age 41)[1]
Big Flats, New York[2]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renée[2]
Children four[2]
Residence Big Flats, New York[2]
Alma mater University of New Hampshire
SUNY at Buffalo
Profession chemist, politician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official website

Christopher S. "Chris" Friend (born December 21, 1972)[1] is an American chemist and politician who represents the 137th Assembly District of the New York State Assembly. He is a Republican and represents parts of Schuyler and Chemung Counties.

A native of Big Flats and a 1991 graduate of Horseheads High School, he completed a B.S. in chemistry at the University of New Hampshire before earning Master's and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo.[3] He was named a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow and has published more than 20 scientific papers and symposia.

In 2006, he was elected to the Chemung County Legislature. In 2010, he won election to the State Assembly after winning Republican and Conservative party primaries against Chemung Town Supervisor George Richter, the endorsed candidate, who later endorsed Friend. The seat had become vacant after former Assemblyman Tom O'Mara ran successfully for the New York State Senate.[4]

Friend resides in Big Flats with his wife Renée and their four children: Brianna, Joshua, Ashley, and Elijah.[2]


  1. ^ a b "State Assembly: Christopher S. Friend (R), District 137". Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Christopher S. Friend: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ek, Derrick (October 1, 2010). "Friend embraces underdog role in Assembly race". The Corning Leader. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Lara (October 29, 2010). "Friend, Hare prepare for 137th Assembly Seat". YNN Central New York. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chemung County Legislator, 2nd district
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Succeeded by
David L. Manchester
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas F. O'Mara
New York State Assembly, 137th District
January 1, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
David F. Gantt
Preceded by
William A. Barclay
New York State Assembly, 124th District
January 1, 2011 – present