Brad Hoylman

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Brad Hoylman
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Member of the New York State Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded byThomas Duane
Personal details
Born (1965-10-27) October 27, 1965 (age 56)
West Virginia[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Sigal (m. 2013)
ResidenceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationWest Virginia University (BA)
Exeter College, Oxford (MPhil)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website
Official website

Brad Madison Hoylman (born October 27, 1965) is an American Democratic politician. First elected in 2012, Hoylman represents the 27th District in the New York State Senate, covering much of Lower and Midtown Manhattan in New York City.[2] He is Chairman of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee.

Early life[edit]

Hoylman was born in West Virginia, and grew up in rural Lewisburg, West Virginia.[1] He was the youngest of six children of Audrey Kennedy Hoylman, a public elementary school teacher, and James M. Hoylman, a process systems analytics analyst.[3][4][5] He is a former Eagle Scout in Troop 70, Lewisburg, West Virginia.[6] He attended Greenbrier East High School in West Virginia.[7]

He attended West Virginia University (WVU; BA in political science and English literature, 1989), where Hoylman was elected president of student administration and graduated summa cum laude with honors.[8][4][9][10] At WVU he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received a Truman Scholarship and a Marshall Scholarship.[10][11]

Hoylman then attended Oxford University (Exeter College) on a Rhodes Scholarship. He received a master's degree in political science (M.Phil., 1992).[12][9][13]

Afterward, he attended Harvard Law School. He graduated with a JD in 1996.[11][9]

Early career[edit]

Hoylman was an associate at law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1996-98. He was an associate at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz from 1998-2000.[14][10]

He then began a non-profit career in affordable housing.[4] In 2000-12, Hoylman served as executive vice president and general counsel of the Partnership for New York City, which represents New York City's business leadership and its largest private-sector employers.[15][16][17][18]

Hoylman was also the chairperson of Community Board 2 in Manhattan,[19] and the Democratic District Leader of the New York 66th Assembly District, Part A.[20] He is also Trustee of the Community Service Society of New York,[21] a former president of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and a former board member of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Tenants & Neighbors, Class Size Matters, and Citizen Action.[22]

In 2001, Hoylman ran for the New York City Council in the first district,[16] which includes Governor's Island and a portion of Lower Manhattan. He placed second in a seven-candidate race, losing to Alan Gerson.[23]

New York Senate[edit]


On June 11, 2012, Hoylman declared his candidacy for the 27th District of the New York State Senate, running for the seat of retiring State Senator Tom Duane. He won Duane's endorsement,[24] as well as the support of numerous local politicians and unions.[25] In the Democratic primary election held on September 13, 2012, he won 68% of the vote in a three-candidate field.[26][27] Hell's Kitchen activist and bar owner Tom Greco was his closest competition, winning 24% of the vote.[28] In the general election in November he was unopposed.[29]

Hoylman won the Democratic primary and general election (with 80% of the vote) in 2014,[30] 2016 (with 96% of the vote),[31] and 2018 (with 99% of the vote).[26][32] As of 2019, Hoylman was the only openly gay member of the New York State Senate.[33]

In December 2016, Hoylman sponsored legislation known as the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (T.R.U.M.P.) Act, prohibiting New York State electors from voting for a presidential candidate who has not publicly released at least 5 years worth of tax returns no later than 50 days prior to a general election.[34] Lawmakers in 25 other states followed suit in producing legislation to compel presidential candidates to release their tax returns.[35] A online petition in support of Hoylman's bill received nearly 150,000 signatures as of May 2017,[36] and the idea was praised by the editorial board of The New York Times.[37]

After the 2018 midterm elections, Hoylman was appointed Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.[38] In the majority, Hoylman passed multiple pieces of legislation including the Child Victims Act,[39] the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act[40] (or GENDA), and a ban on so-called 'gay conversion therapy.' [33] Hoylman also passed the TRUST Act,[41] which would allow certain Congressional committees to perform oversight by reviewing the New York State tax returns of senior government officials; members of Congress suggested this could allow Congressional committees to review Donald Trump's tax returns. City & State, a New York-based political news organization, characterized Hoylman as "the person behind state Senate’s progressive bills."[42]

In 2019, the Child Victims Act that Hoylman sponsored was adopted.[43] It extended New York's statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse and created a one-year lookback window within which survivors would be able to initiate claims against their abusers in cases where the statute of limitations had expired, and allowed them to bring a civil lawsuit against their abuser or institutions that enabled or protected their abuser by the age of 55 (up from the age of 23).[44] Over 9,000 lawsuits have been filed under that law, including against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, and other groups that cared for children.[45][46]


In June 2021, Hoylman lost his bid to be elected the Democratic candidate for Manhattan Borough President.[26] Mark Levine defeated him, by 7.4%.[47]

That same month, the New York Senate passed the Adult Survivors Act sponsored by Hoylman and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal. The act would create a one-year window for the revival of time-barred civil lawsuits based on sex crimes committed against individuals who were 18 years of age or older.[48]

On September 24, 2021, Hoylman wrote a letter to US Senator Maria Cantwell, requesting that the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation engage in oversight of the US Center for SafeSport, and step in to ensure that SafeSport is adequately conducting investigations.[49] He referred to what he called SafeSport's failure to carry out impartial and thorough investigations and ensure the safety of athletes it is charged with protecting.[49] He highlighted the fact that despite serious outstanding allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual coercion, and other violent behaviors by former friends, peers, and current teammates, and an ongoing investigation, fencer Alen Hadzic was allowed to travel to Tokyo as an alternate for the 2021 US Olympic fencing team.[49]

In October 2021, City & State ranked Hoylman #11 on its annual list of the 100 most powerful people in Manhattan.[50]

In December 2021, Hoylman proposed legislation that would ban single-family zoning on most residential building lots, prohibit large municipalities from requiring large lot sizes for houses, and remove parking requirements in villages and cities.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Brad Madison Hoylman married David Ivan Sigal, a filmmaker, at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan, New York City, in February 2013.[52] They live with their two daughters, Silvia and Lucy, in Greenwich Village.[53] Hoylman is Jewish.[54]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Adrian Carrasquillo (December 6, 2016). "New York State Senator Will Try To Force Trump To Release Tax Returns Before 2020". NY State Senate.
  2. ^ Julie Shapiro, Jill Colvin (November 7, 2012). "New York Elections 2012: Gillibrand, Jeffries, Meng Declare Victory As Obama Wins Reelection". Huffington Post.
  3. ^ "Meet Brad". Brad Hoylman. May 20, 2015. Retrieved Sep 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Brad Hoylman and David Sigal". The New York Times. February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Speaker Bios; New York Senator Brad Hoylman".
  6. ^ Annie McDonough (February 20, 2020). "Is Brad Hoylman declaring war on Jeff Bezos?; The state senator wants to crack down on facial recognition and pied-à-terre". City & State NY.
  7. ^ Brian Miluk (March 21, 2009). "Alumni Update". Mountain Messenger. p. 7.
  8. ^ "Archives". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. November 17, 1988. p. 20.
  9. ^ a b c "Rhodes Speakers Bureau; Brad Hoylman". The Association of American Rhodes Scholars.
  10. ^ a b c "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  11. ^ a b "History of WVU; Brad Madison Hoylman". West Virginia University. October 10, 2007. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Schindler, Paul (September 14, 2012). "Brad Hoylman Wins Handily in Senate Primary". Gay City News.
  13. ^ Nick Garber (June 10, 2021). "Manhattan Borough President Race 2021: Brad Hoylman Seeks Office". Midtown-Hell's Kitchen, NY Patch.
  14. ^ "Child Sex Abuse Bill Top Priority for New NY Senate Judiciary Chair". New York Law Journal.
  15. ^ Swalec, Andrea (May 1, 2012). "Community Board Chair to Run for Christine Quinn's Council Seat". New York Neighborhood News. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  16. ^ a b "New York City Campaign Finance Board: The 2001 Voter Guide". 2001 New York City Voter Guide. New York City Campaign Finance Board. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  17. ^ "About Brad Hoylman". NY State Senate. Retrieved Sep 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "Partnership for New York City". Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Members - Community Board No. 2 Manhattan". Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "District Leaders". Manhattan Democratic Party. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  21. ^ "Community Service Society of New York - Board of Trustees". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  22. ^ "Brad Hoylman Makes It Official". Politicker. June 11, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  23. ^ "Election Board Nears Result For Advocate". The New York Times. October 3, 2001. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  24. ^ "Hoylman Receives Tom Duane's Endorsement". Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  25. ^ "Brad Hoylman Website - Endorsements Page". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  26. ^ a b c "Brad M. Hoylman". Ballotpedia.
  27. ^ "Brad Hoylman Wins Primary to Replace State Sen. Tom Duane" Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine., September 14, 2012.
  28. ^ "Brad Hoylman Claims Win in Primary". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  29. ^ "New York State Legislature". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  30. ^ Janison, Dan (June 8, 2014). "Much of New York headed for slow primary day". The New York Times.
  31. ^ "New York 27th District State Senate Results: Brad Hoylman Wins". The New York Times. August 1, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  32. ^ "Certified Results from the November 6, 2018 General Election for NYS Senate" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  33. ^ a b "New York to become 15th state to ban 'gay conversion therapy'". NBC News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  34. ^ "New York State Senator Will Try To Force Trump To Release Tax Returns Before 2020". BuzzFeed. December 5, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  35. ^ "More than half of states are trying to force Trump to release his tax returns". Think Progress. April 6, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  36. ^ "Senator Hoylman delivers petition in Albany!". Change. May 5, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  37. ^ "An Antidote to Donald Trump's Secrecy on Taxes". The New York Times. December 12, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  38. ^ "Hoylman is appointed chair of State Senate judiciary committee". Town & Village. 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  39. ^ "They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y." The New York Times. January 28, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  40. ^ "Transgender anti-discrimination bill passes NYS legislature, law would ban conversion therapy". New York Daily News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  41. ^ "New York Senate Passes Bill To Allow Release of Trump's State Tax Returns". The New York Times. May 9, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  42. ^ "Brad Hoylman: The person behind state Senate's progressive bills". City & State. February 6, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  43. ^ Spector, Joseph. "Child Victims Act in New York: The window to sue expires in 2020. Why it may get extended". Democrat and Chronicle.
  44. ^ "Senate Unanimously Passes Historic Child Victims Act, Putting Full Force of Law Behind Survivors". NY State Senate. January 28, 2019.
  45. ^ McKinley, Edward (April 8, 2021). "Push for Adult Survivors Act is renewed after budget season". Times Union.
  46. ^ "How the Child Victims Act revealed New York's dark history of child sexual abuse". The New York Post. August 13, 2021.
  47. ^ Moses, Dean. "Mark Levine declares primary victory in Manhattan borough president race".
  48. ^ "NY Senate Passes Adult Survivors Act Sponsored by Senator Hoylman". NY State Senate. June 3, 2021.
  49. ^ a b c "Letter to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell Requesting that the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation engage in oversight of the United States Center for SafeSport". NY State Senate. September 24, 2021.
  50. ^ "Meet The West Village Figures Among Manhattan's Most Powerful". West Village, NY Patch. October 5, 2021.
  51. ^ "New York State Bill Would Ban Single-Family Zoning". The Real Deal New York. 2021-12-10. Retrieved 2021-12-12.
  52. ^ "Brad Hoylman and David Sigal". The New York Times. February 24, 2014.
  53. ^ Hartocollis, Anemo (February 19, 2014). "And Surrogacy Makes 3". The New York Times.
  54. ^ Benjamin, Liz (March 25, 2013). Why is tomorrow night different from all other nights? Archived 2013-05-14 at the Wayback Machine Capital Tonight. Retrieved April 16, 2013.

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