Rhoda Jacobs

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Rhoda S. Jacobs (born 1937) is an American politician from the state of New York. A Democrat, she currently serves as a member of the New York State Assembly from the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, which primarily includes the neighborhoods of Flatbush and Midwood.

A Brooklyn native and a graduate of Brooklyn College Assemblywoman Jacobs was originally elected to the then 43rd District in 1978. Jacobs faced a difficult re-election in 1982 after the Assembly was redistricted in a reapportionment plan designed to increase African-American and Hispanic representation in the Legislature. Jacobs ended up in the new 42nd District where she prevailed and has remained there ever since. She currently serves as the Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

She previously served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tem and Chairwoman of Majority Program Committee as well as the Social Services Committee, positions that she occupied for two and twelve years respectively.

In the past she has also served as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation and the Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. In 1997, Jacobs was appointed as Chairwoman of the Budget Conference Committee on Health and Human Services.

In addition to these positions within the Assembly, she has also served as an officer for the National Association of State Legislators and as an elected delegate to other national legislative bodies.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
George A. Cincotta
New York State Assembly, 43rd District
1979–1982
Succeeded by
Clarence Norman Jr.
Preceded by
Harry Smoler
New York State Assembly, 42nd District
1983–present
Incumbent