Robert J. Rodriguez

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Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 68th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Adam Clayton Powell IV
Personal details
Born (1976-04-11) April 11, 1976 (age 38)[1]
East Harlem, New York[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence East Harlem, New York[1]
Alma mater Yale University
New York University
Profession politician
Website Official website

Robert J. Rodriguez (born April 11, 1976)[1] is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 68th Assembly District based in East Harlem.

Political Life[edit]

Rodriguez was born and raised East Harlem. He attended P.S. 112, River East Elementary School, Isaac Newton Middle School, and Cardinal Hayes High School.[2] Rodriguez has a B.A. degree in history and political science from Yale University and an M.A. degree in finance from New York University. Rodriguez had the 6th worst attendance record during the 2013 legislative session. He missed 32% of all votes during the session. Some important legislation he failed to vote on included the NYS Dream Act and a bill to protect rent stabilized tenants. He votes with the Republican Caucus 85% of the time. He had only 2 bills pass both houses. [3]

Arrested for DUI[edit]

On June 4, 2013, Rodriguez was arrested in upstate New York and charged with driving while intoxicated (DUI). According to the Colonie Police Department, Rodriguez was driving erratically and dangerously, and failed several field sobriety tests, and had "watery, bloodshot eyes and slow speech. "[4][5] He is one of 33 legislators in NY that have been charged with misconduct or crimes since 2000.[6]

Missed Votes[edit]

Rodriguez has one of the worst voting records in the state assembly. He was ranked as the 6th most absentee legislator in the state.[7] Some missed votes include the Women's Equality Act, expanding protections for tenants in Mitchell Lambda Housing, and Family Sick Leave.[8]


External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Adam Clayton Powell IV
New York State Assembly, 68th District