Bill Green (New York politician)

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Bill Green
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Leo C. Zeferetti
Succeeded by Charles B. Rangel
Personal details
Born Sedgwick William Green
(1929-10-16)October 16, 1929
New York City
Died October 14, 2002(2002-10-14) (aged 72)
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater Harvard College
Occupation Attorney
Religion Judaism

Sedgwick William "Bill" Green (October 16, 1929 – October 14, 2002) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Life and career[edit]

Green was born in New York City, the son of Evelyn (Schoenberg) and Louis A. Green.[1] His father was a wealthy investor who was one of the main shareholders in Grand Union, and Bill Green grew up in Manhattan.[2] He graduated from The Horace Mann School in 1946, Harvard University in 1950 and Harvard Law School in 1953. From 1953 until 1955 he served in the United States Army. After leaving the army, he became the legal secretary to Court of Appeals Judge George T. Washington. He left this career in 1956 to become a trial lawyer.

From 1961 to 1964, Green was the chief counsel to the New York Joint Legislative Committee on Housing and Urban Development. A rising power in state politics, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, serving from 1965 to 1968. He left politics to become the New York City director of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Green was elected to Congress in a special election in 1978 to replace Ed Koch and served from February 14, 1978 until January 3, 1993. A mostly liberal Republican, he was one of the few members of his party to have a long run in office from a city long dominated by Democrats. Redistricting made his district slightly friendlier to Democrats, and he narrowly lost his 1992 re-election bid to New York City City Councilwoman Carolyn B. Maloney. Green sought the Republican nomination for New York governor in 1994 but lost to George Pataki, then an upstate state Senator.

In 2002, Green died after a battle with liver cancer.

In a 2011 column, conservative commentator Ann Coulter criticized Newt Gingrich for claiming to have helped win the Cold War. To make the point that Gingrich in 1978 was a junior Congressman with no power base or authority, she compared him to Green.[3]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Kurt F. Stone, The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members, 2010, page 332
  3. ^ "Archived Article: Newt helped formulate Christmas". 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 


New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Brook
New York State Assembly, New York County 9th District
Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
Newly created district
New York State Assembly, 72nd District
Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel
Preceded by
Louis DeSalvio
New York State Assembly, 66th District
Succeeded by
Stephen Hansen
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward I. Koch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Garcia
Preceded by
Leo C. Zeferetti
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel