S. William Green

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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
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
February 14, 1978 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Ed Koch
Succeeded by Robert Garcia
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 on October 16, 1929, in New York City, the son of Louis A. Green and Evelyn (Schoenberg) 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 to 1955, he served in the United States Army. After leaving the army, he became the legal secretary to U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C.) Judge George T. Washington. He left this job in 1956, and practiced as a trial lawyer instead.

From 1961 to 1964, Green was the chief counsel to the New York Joint Legislative Committee on Housing and Urban Development. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1968, sitting in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. Afterwards he was the New York City director of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Green was elected as a Republican to the 95th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ed Koch, and was re-elected to the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd United States Congresses, holding office from February 14, 1978, to 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 Governor of New York in 1994, but was defeated by State Senator George Pataki.

Green died on October 14, 2002, of 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]

References[edit]

  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". AnnCoulter.com. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

Sources[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
John R. Brook
New York State Assembly
New York County, 9th District

1965
Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
72nd District

1966
Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel
Preceded by
Louis DeSalvio
New York State Assembly
66th District

1967–1968
Succeeded by
Stephen C. Hansen
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ed Koch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

1978–1983
Succeeded by
Robert García
Preceded by
Leo C. Zeferetti
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th congressional district

1983–1993
Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel