Dale M. Volker

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Dale M. Volker
Member of the New York State Assembly from the 148th District
In office
Preceded by Frank Walkley
Succeeded by Vincent J. Graber, Sr.
Member of the New York State Senate from the 59th District
In office
Preceded by Walter J. Floss, Jr.
Succeeded by Patrick M. Gallivan
Member of the New York State Senate from the 58th District
In office
Preceded by Thomas F. McGowan
Succeeded by Anthony M. Masiello

Dale M. Volker (born August 2, 1940) is a former New York State Senator who represented the people who live in Wyoming County, as well as portions of Erie, Livingston and Ontario counties. Volker is a Republican.


Dale Volker was born on August 2, 1940, the son of Assemblyman Julius Volker. He graduated from Canisius College and University at Buffalo Law School. Then he worked for the Depew Police Department.

Volker was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1973 and 1974. In November 1974, he ran for re-election, but was defeated by Democrat Vincent J. Graber, Sr.

On February 4, 1975, Volker was elected to the New York State Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas F. McGowan.[1] Volker was re-elected several times and remained in the State Senate until 2010, sitting in the 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th, 195th, 196th, 197th and 198th New York State Legislatures.

Volker served on the Codes Committee and was the "Chairman" of the Western New York Delegation, a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism, and a member of the Senate Public Protection Subcommittee. Prior to 1987 he was Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy. His other committee assignments included the Senate Standing Committees on Banks, Cities, Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, Finance, Judiciary, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Rules. Volker was also a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

An April 26, 2007 article in the Times Union, noted that Volker was a vocal opponent of Rockefeller drug law reform in the state. Volker helped put the original Rockefeller laws in place as a way of combating the commutation of drug sentences by downstate, and particularly NYC circuit judges. Gabriel Sayegh, author of the piece and project director of New York City's Drug Policy Alliance office, explained that Volker's district benefited heavily from the state's prison industrial complex.[2]

On April 30, 2010, Volker announced that he would not run for re-election.[3]


  1. ^ GOP Calls Election Rebuff for Carey in the Watertown Daily Times, of Watertown, on February 6, 1975
  2. ^ Gabriel Sayegh (April 26, 2007). "Spitzer must lead drug law reform". Times Union. [dead link]
  3. ^ Volker Won’t Seek Re-Election, East Aurora Advertiser, May 6, 2010
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Frank Walkley
New York State Assembly
148th District

Succeeded by
Vincent J. Graber Sr.
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Thomas F. McGowan
New York State Senate
58th District

Succeeded by
Anthony M. Masiello
Preceded by
Walter J. Floss Jr.
New York State Senate
59th District

Succeeded by
Patrick M. Gallivan