Michael McMahon

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Michael McMahon
Congressman McMahon Official Picture.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Vito Fossella
Succeeded by Michael Grimm
Member of the New York City Council, 49th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2008
Personal details
Born (1957-09-12) September 12, 1957 (age 57)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Judith Novellino McMahon
Residence Staten Island, New York
Alma mater New York University,
New York Law School
Profession attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Congressman Michael McMahon

Michael E. "Mike" McMahon (born September 12, 1957) is the former U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was previously a member of the New York City Council.

The district includes all of Staten Island, plus all or part of the Gravesend, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights neighborhoods in Brooklyn. He was defeated for re-election in 2010.[1]

Early life, education and career[edit]

McMahon is a lifelong resident of Staten Island. He is of German and Irish heritage. He grew up in the Stapleton neighborhood on the North Shore and attended parochial schools. He graduated from New York University in 1979, later obtaining a law degree from New York Law School. He then worked for Democratic State Assembly members Eric Vitaliano and Elizabeth Connelly. He joined the staff of City Councilman Jerome X. O'Donovan, whom he succeeded in the Council. Prior to being elected to public office, McMahon worked as a partner at O'Leary, McMahon & Spero in Staten Island.[2]

New York City Council[edit]

McMahon served as the Chair of the New York City Council's Sanitation Committee focusing on minimizing the use of trucks to transport garbage and also more evenly distributing the load of waste processing across the five boroughs.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In November 2009, McMahon voted along with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act [3] and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.[4] He was the only member of the New York City delegation to do so, and was only one of two New York Democrats, the other being Michael Arcuri, to vote against it.

Political campaigns[edit]

2008[edit]

On May 28, 2008, the Staten Island Democratic Committee endorsed McMahon to run for the Congressional seat in New York's 13th Congressional District being vacated by retiring 12-year incumbent Republican Vito Fossella.[5] On September 9, 2008 McMahon defeated opponent Steve Harrison in the Democratic Party primary with 75% of votes to Harrison's 25%. Earlier, on June 11, 2008, McMahon had been endorsed by the city's 12 Democratic congressmen.[6]

The 13th is considered to be the most conservative district of the 13 that divide New York City. It is based in Staten Island, which is the base of the city's Republican Party. However, the Republicans had considerable difficulty finding a replacement for Fossella on the ballot, eventually settling on former state assemblyman Robert Straniere. As a result, nearly all major pundits believed McMahon was almost certain to win the seat. Although Democrats have a 17-point edge in registration, its voters are somewhat conservative on social issues and matters regarding "law and order", which kept Republicans in the seat for over a quarter century.

Congressman McMahon attending a Coast Guard Hearing for the House Transportation Committee on February 4, 2009

In the November election, McMahon won in a landslide, taking 61 percent of the vote to Straniere's 33 percent.[7] With his victory, New York City's congressional delegation became entirely Democratic for the first time in 76 years. This occurred despite the fact that John McCain narrowly carried Staten Island in the presidential election; a Democratic presidential candidate has carried Staten Island only three times since 1952.

2010[edit]

McMahon was challenged by Republican and Conservative Party nominee Michael Grimm, a former FBI Special Agent, and Libertarian nominee Tom Vendittelli. Grimm won the election, defeating McMahon.[1] He was one of a number of freshman Democrats who lost reelection in the GOP landslide of 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Defeated Michael McMahon thanks supporters, says he 'respects' will of voters". Staten Island Advance. November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ O'Leary & Spero Law Firm
  3. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml
  4. ^ "Voting History: Rep. Michael McMahon [D, NY-13] - U.S. Congress". OpenCongress. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  5. ^ the albany project:: NY-13: Staten Island Dems Nominate McMahon
  6. ^ Katz, Celeste (June 11, 2008). "City Congressional Dems Unite Behind McMahon". Daily News (New York). 
  7. ^ Election Results 2008: New York The New York Times, December 9, 2008

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Jerome X. O'Donovan
New York City Council, 49th District
2002–2008
Succeeded by
Kenneth Mitchell
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vito Fossella
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

2009 - 2011
Succeeded by
Michael Grimm