George H. Winner, Jr.

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George Winner
Member of the New York Senate
from the 53rd district
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 1, 2011
Preceded by Randy Kuhl
Succeeded by Tom O'Mara
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 137th district
In office
January 1979 – December 2004
Preceded by L. Richard Marshall
Succeeded by Tom O'Mara
Personal details
Born 1949
Elmira, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynn Hardman
Children 3 daughters
Occupation Lawyer

George H. Winner, Jr. (born July 31, 1949) is a former New York state senator. A Republican, he served in the New York State Senate from 2005-2011 after having spent 13 terms in the New York State Assembly.

Political career and background[edit]

Born in Elmira, New York, George Winner is a 1971 graduate of St. Lawrence University. He was admitted to the practice of law in New York in 1977 following the completion of a legal clerkship. He is a partner in the Elmira law firm of Keyser, Maloney, Winner LLP and is a member of the Chemung County, New York and New York State Bar Associations.

Winner was elected in 2004 to represent the 53rd senatorial district which comprises Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, the city and town of Ithaca, New York, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses in Tompkins County. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the New York State Assembly for 26 years following his election in November 1978. Before being elected to the Assembly, Winner was counsel and legislative assistant to then Senate Deputy Majority Leader Bill “Cadillac” Smith from 1971 to 1978. He is married to the former Lynn Hardman and has three daughters - Catherine, Elizabeth and Meredith.

Winner, who received statewide attention after leading a Senate investigation of the Spitzer administration in 2007, is considering a run for New York State Attorney General in 2010.[1] He has also been mentioned as a potential candidate to run against Eric Massa for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York's 29th congressional district in 2010.

Winner unexpectedly announced his retirement from the state senate on June 2, 2010.[2] Since his retirement, he has operated the Rescue New York political action committee.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

53d Senate District of New York special election, 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Daniel J. Cleveland 43,046 40.1
Republican George H. Winner Jr. 64,114 59.9


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Vielkind, Jimmy (September 16, 2014). Republican PAC gives Astorino air cover. Capital New York. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "2004 General Canvass Election Results". Westchester County Board of Elections. 2004. 

See also[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
L. Richard Marshall
New York State Assembly, 126th District
Succeeded by
Daniel Fessenden
Preceded by
Donald Davidsen
New York State Assembly, 127th District
Succeeded by
Daniel Hooker (New York)
Preceded by
Charles H. Nesbitt
New York State Assembly, 137th District
Succeeded by
Tom O'Mara
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Randy Kuhl
New York State Senate, 53rd District
Succeeded by
Tom O'Mara