Gustavo Rivera (politician)
|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 33rd district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Pedro Espada, Jr.|
|Born||November 19, 1975|
Santurce, Puerto Rico
|Residence||University Heights, Bronx|
|Alma mater||University of Puerto Rico|
CUNY Graduate Center
Gustavo Rivera (born November 19, 1975) 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. First elected in 2010, Rivera is a Democrat.
Rivera was born and raised in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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. 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.
New York Senate
After serving as Director of Outreach under United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rivera decided to run for the New York State Senate in 2010. The incumbent, Senator Pedro Espada Jr., had long been a staple in Bronx politics. Espada was considered the favorite throughout the election. After a hard fought campaign, Rivera ultimately defeated Espada in the Democratic primary. Espada would later be convicted of embezzlement.
In the Senate, Rivera is known as a leading progressive voice. With the Democrats retaking the majority in 2018, Rivera was named Chair of the Senate Health Committee. Rivera has advocated for socialized medicine.
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|New York State Senate|
Pedro Espada, Jr.
| New York State Senate, 33rd District