Antonio Delgado (politician)
|Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 19th district
January 3, 2019
|Born||Antonio Ramon Delgado|
January 28, 1977
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lacey Schwartz (m. 2011)|
|Education||Colgate University (BA)|
Queen's College, Oxford
Harvard University (JD)
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.
Early life and education
Delgado was born in 1977, in Schenectady, New York, to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill. 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. He graduated in 1999. He earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Queen's College, Oxford in 2001 and later graduated from Harvard Law School.
After law school, he moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry. In 2007, Delgado released a rap album under the stage name "AD the Voice", with lyrics concerning social justice. He then worked in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld conducting litigation.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. During Delgado's campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 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. They commonly referred to Delgado as a "big city rapper." The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as "race-baiting." On November 6, Delgado defeated Faso.
Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011. Schwartz made a documentary film for PBS in 2015 called "Little White Lie", examining being biracial. They have twin children and live in Rhinebeck, New York.
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