Gustavo Rivera (politician)

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Gustavo Rivera
Member of the New York Senate
from the 33rd district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Pedro Espada, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1975-11-19) November 19, 1975 (age 41)[1]
Santurce, Puerto Rico[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence University Heights, Bronx[1]
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
CUNY Graduate Center
Profession politician
Website Official website

Gustavo Rivera (born November 19, 1975)[1] is a New York state senator representing the 33rd Senate District, covering the Bronx neighborhoods of Kingsbridge Heights, Kingsbridge, Fordham, University Heights, Van Nest, Tremont, East Tremont, and parts of Morrisania and Parkchester.

He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Puerto Rico in May 1998. Following graduation, Rivera moved to New York to begin a doctoral program in political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[2] He taught courses at Hunter College until 2002, and served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pace University until his first election in 2010.[2]

Rivera has served in politics by serving as campaign manager for politicians such as Phil Reed and his future colleagues Jose M. Serrano and Andrea Stewart-Cousins. His work has allowed these three politicians to either retain seats or defeat longtime incumbents. After serving as Director of Outreach under United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, he ran for the 33rd State Senate seat in 2010, defeating scandal-tarred incumbent Pedro Espada, Jr..

In September 2010, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[3]

He is single and resides in University Heights.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Gustavo Rivera: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Gustavo Rivera, City & State, September 28, 2010.

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Pedro Espada, Jr.
New York State Senate, 33rd District