Antonio Delgado (politician)

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Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJohn Faso
Personal details
Antonio Ramon Delgado

(1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 43)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 2011)
EducationColgate University (BA)
Queen's College, Oxford (MA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Antonio Ramon Delgado (born January 28, 1977) is an attorney and politician from the state of New York. A Democrat, he serves as the U.S. Representative for New York's 19th congressional district. The district includes most of the southern and eastern suburbs of the Capital District as well as the majority of the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. It contains much of the territory that was once represented by current U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He is the first person of either African-American or Hispanic descent to be elected to Congress from Upstate New York.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Delgado was born in 1977, in Schenectady, New York,[2] to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill.[3] He is of African-American and Puerto Rican ancestry.[4] He attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School and played for the school's basketball team. He then enrolled at Colgate University and played for the Colgate Raiders men's basketball team alongside future Golden State Warriors player Adonal Foyle.[5] Delgado graduated from Colgate in 1999[6] and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at The Queen's College, Oxford, from which he received a Master of Arts degree in 2001.[7] In 2005, Delgado graduated from Harvard Law School.[8]

After law school, Delgado moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry.[8] In 2007, Delgado released a socially conscious rap album under the stage name "AD the Voice."[9][10] He then worked as a litigator in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Delgado ran for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 19th congressional district. He defeated six other candidates in the Democratic Party's primary election and faced incumbent Republican John Faso in the November 6 general election.[12]

During Delgado's campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Affordable Care Act.[13] Faso, alongside the Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Congressional Committee, launched attacks on Delgado's former rap career,[14][15] commonly referring to Delgado as a "big city rapper."[16] The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as "race-baiting."[17]

Delgado won the general election, receiving 132,001 votes versus Faso's 124,408.[18][19] He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019.[20] He is only the fourth Democrat to represent this district and its predecessors since 1913, and the first Democrat to win a full term in the district since Gillibrand represented what was then the 20th district from 2007 to 2009.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 8,576 22.1
Democratic Pat Ryan 6,941 17.9
Democratic Gareth Rhodes 6,890 17.7
Democratic Brian Flynn 5,245 13.5
Democratic Jeff Beals 4,991 12.9
Democratic David Clegg 4,257 11.0
Democratic Erin Collier 1,908 4.9
Total votes 38,808 100.0
New York's 19th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 135,582 47.1
Working Families Antonio Delgado 9,237 3.2
Women's Equality Antonio Delgado 3,054 1.1
Total Antonio Delgado 147,873 51.4
Republican John Faso 112,304 39.0
Conservative John Faso 16,906 5.9
Independence John Faso 3,009 1.0
Reform John Faso 654 0.2
Total John Faso (incumbent) 132,873 46.1
Green Steven Greenfield 4,313 1.5
Independent Diane Neal 2,835 1.0
Total votes 287,894 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Personal life[edit]

Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011.[3] Schwartz made Little White Lie, a documentary film for PBS in 2015, examining being biracial.[7] They have twin children and live in Rhinebeck, north of Poughkeepsie.[6] He is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Democrat Antonio Delgado has defeated Republican incumbent John Faso". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Antonio Delgado (D) | News & Analysis". Inside Elections. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Lacey Schwartz, Antonio Delgado: Weddings". The New York Times. September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Freedman, Dan (November 18, 2018). "Delgado: 'I'm ready to go' as first term looms". Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Antonio Delgado clinches Democratic nomination, makes history in NY19". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Jim Schiltz (May 16, 2018). "Congressional candidate Delgado played basketball, too". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Jake Lahut (July 29, 2018). "Humble roots to the 'big tent' - Schenectady native Delgado has his eyes on Congress". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Hamilton, Matthew (June 5, 2017). "Democrat Antonio Delgado makes NY-19 bid official - Capitol Confidential". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "He's a Rhodes Scholar. The G.O.P. Keeps Calling Him a 'Big-City Rapper.'". The New York Times. October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Grady, Constance (September 12, 2018). "Republican TV ad criticizes Antonio Delgado's rap career". Vox. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 12, 2018). "Faso opponent new to the 19th District". Times Union. Albany, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Audrey Russo (June 27, 2018). "Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado declares victory in 19th District Democratic primary". Utica, N.Y.: WKTV. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (November 6, 2018). "Democrat Delgado projected to unseat GOP Rep. John Faso in New York House district". CNBC. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "House candidate's 'offensive' rap lyrics called out in attack ad". New York Post. August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "A new attack ad says Antonio Delgado's rap career is "offensive"". Vox. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Degraffinried, Natalie. "Republicans Lose NY House Seat to Democrat They Called a 'Big-City Rapper,' Which Is Now a Slur, I Guess". The Root. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Opinion | John Faso Is Race-Baiting His Opponent". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "New York State Board of Elections Unofficial Election Night Results".
  19. ^ "Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado is Headed to Congress • EBONY". Ebony. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  20. ^ Zangla, Ariél (January 3, 2019). "Delgado sworn in as Mid-Hudson Valley congressman, says ending partial shutdown is of 'utmost importance'". Daily Freeman. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Committees and Caucuses". U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado Representing the 19th District of New York. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  22. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 21, 2018). "NY-19 candidate inducted into Upstate Basketball Hall of Fame". Times Union. Archived from the original on January 8, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Faso
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Madeleine Dean
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Veronica Escobar