Antonio Delgado (politician)

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Antonio Delgado
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingJohn Faso
Personal details
BornAntonio Ramon Delgado
(1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 41)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lacey Schwartz (m. 2011)
EducationColgate University (BA)
Queen's College, Oxford
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Antonio Ramon Delgado (born January 28, 1977) is an American attorney and politician from the state of New York. He is the member-elect to the United States House of Representatives for New York's 19th congressional district. 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 education[edit]

Delgado was born in 1977, in Schenectady, New York,[2] to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill.[3] He attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School and played for the school's basketball team. He enrolled at Colgate University and played college basketball for the Colgate Raiders men's basketball team alongside future Golden State Warriors player Adonal Foyle. He played in the 1996 NCAA Division I Tournament in Indianapolis.[4] He graduated in 1999.[5] He earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Queen's College, Oxford in 2001[6] and later graduated from Harvard Law School.

Earlier career[edit]

After law school, he moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry.[7] In 2007, Delgado released a rap album under the stage name "AD the Voice", with lyrics concerning social justice.[8][9] He then worked in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld conducting litigation.[10]

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.[11] During Delgado's campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[12] Faso, alongside the Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), launched attacks on Delgado's former rap career, alleging that his lyrics were offensive, misogynistic, and profane.[13][14] They commonly referred to Delgado as a "big city rapper."[15] The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as "race-baiting."[16] On November 6, Delgado defeated Faso.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011.[3] Schwartz made a documentary film for PBS in 2015 called "Little White Lie", examining being biracial.[6] They have twin children and live in Rhinebeck, New York.[5]


  1. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Democrat Antonio Delgado has defeated Republican incumbent John Faso". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  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. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Antonio Delgado clinches Democratic nomination, makes history in NY19". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. ^ a b Jim Schiltz (May 16, 2018). "Congressional candidate Delgado played basketball, too". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Hamilton, Matthew (June 5, 2017). "Democrat Antonio Delgado makes NY-19 bid official - Capitol Confidential". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Grady, Constance (September 12, 2018). "Republican TV ad criticizes Antonio Delgado's rap career". Vox. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 12, 2018). "Faso opponent new to the 19th District". Times Union. Albany, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Audrey Russo (June 27, 2018). "Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado declares victory in 19th District Democratic primary". Utica, N.Y.: WKTV.
  12. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (November 6, 2018). "Democrat Delgado projected to unseat GOP Rep. John Faso in New York House district". CNBC. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "House candidate's 'offensive' rap lyrics called out in attack ad". New York Post. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  14. ^ "A new attack ad says Antonio Delgado's rap career is "offensive"". Vox. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  15. ^ 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 2018-11-09.
  16. ^ "Opinion | John Faso Is Race-Baiting His Opponent". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  17. ^ "Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado is Headed to Congress • EBONY". Ebony. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.

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