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Jim Tedisco
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Member of the New York Senate
from the 49th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2017
Preceded byHugh Farley
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 112th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 4, 2017
Preceded byTony Jordan
Succeeded byMary Beth Walsh
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 110th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byChris Ortloff
Succeeded byPhillip Steck
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 103rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byArnold Proskin
Succeeded byPat Manning
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 107th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byClark Wemple
Succeeded byArnold Proskin
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
In office
November 29, 2005 – April 3, 2009[1]
GovernorGeorge Pataki
Eliot Spitzer
David Paterson
Preceded byCharles H. Nesbitt
Succeeded byBrian Kolb
Personal details
James Nicholas Tedisco

(1950-07-15) July 15, 1950 (age 68)[2]
Schenectady, New York, United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Song[3]
ResidenceGlenville, New York (primary)
Saratoga Springs, New York[4]
Alma materUnion College
WebsiteSenate Website

James Nicholas Tedisco[5] (born July 15, 1950) is an American politician. Since 2017, he has been the New York State Senator for New York's 49th Senate District, which includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer Counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton Counties.[6]

A Republican, Tedisco served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2017. He was the Assembly Minority Leader from November 2005 until his resignation from that post in April 2009. In 2009, Tedisco was the Republican nominee in a special election for the 20th US Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand following Gillibrand's appointment to the United States Senate; he was defeated by Democrat Scott Murphy. In 2016, Tedisco ran for State Senate to replace retiring Sen. Hugh Farley and won.

Early life, education, early career, and family life[edit]

Jim Tedisco graduated from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1968,[7] and then received his B.A. in Psychology from Union College.[8] While at Union, he played varsity basketball for three years where he set 15 scoring and assist records, and left as Union's all-time leading scorer with 1,632 points. Tedisco earned multiple athletic awards during his college career, and was inducted into the Union Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.[9] In 1997, he was given the Silver Anniversary Award from the NCAA.[10]

Tedisco went on to get a graduate degree in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose.[8] From 1973 to 1982, Tedisco worked in education; he served as a guidance counselor, basketball coach, and athletic director at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, and later worked as a special education teacher, resource room instructor and varsity basketball coach at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, New York.[11]

Tedisco entered public service in 1977 when, at the age of 27, he was elected to the Schenectady City Council.[12]

Tedisco is a resident of Glenville, New York, where he lives with his wife and stepson.[12]

New York State Assembly[edit]


In 1982, Assemblyman Clark Wemple retired from the State Assembly, leaving an opening in the district. Tedisco won a four-way race in Republican primary, and then won the general election.[5]

Due to redistricting, Tedisco represented the 107th District from 1983 to 1993, the 103rd District from 1993 to 2003,[13] the 110th District from 2003 to 2012, and most recently represented the 112th District since from 2012 to 2017. The 112th District consists of portions of Schenectady County and Saratoga County, including the towns of Greenfield, Providence, Milton, Galway, Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, and Glenville.[6]

Tedisco ran uncontested in the 2008 general election[14] and won the 2010 general election with 64 percent of the vote.[15][16]


Tedisco was first elected to the Assembly in 1982 and served as Minority Leader from 2005 to 2009.

Tedisco introduced "Charlotte's Law" to permanently terminate driver's license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers. While Tedisco's bill was not passed, the DMV enacted regulations similar to what was proposed in the bill.

Tedisco worked to pass Buster's Law, which protected pets by making animal cruelty a felony. In 2011, Tedisco advocated for the first-ever New York State Animal Advocacy Day.[17]

In 2014, Tedisco sponsored a constitutional amendment, Proposition 2, that would make the legislature more efficient by replacing bill printouts with digital copies of bills.[18]

During his tenure as Assembly Minority Leader, Tedisco was noted for his opposition to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's September 2007 executive order directing that state offices allow undocumented immigrants to be issued driver's licenses.[19][20][21][22] Tedisco threatened a lawsuit if the plan was implemented.[23] On November 14, 2007, Spitzer announced he would withdraw the driver license plan, acknowledging that it would never be implemented.[24][25]

Committee assignments[edit]

Tedisco was chosen as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Children and Families and Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Missing Children. As Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Missing Children, Tedisco helped pass non-custodial release legislation to protect children from being abducted. Tedisco led the charge to enact the civil confinement law to keep dangerous sex offenders off the streets. Following years of research, legislation and statewide public hearings on the subject, he authored a book in 1996 entitled, "Missing Children: A psychological approach to understanding the causes and consequences of stranger and non-stranger abduction of children."[citation needed]

He also served on the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering, Assembly Committee on Banks, and Assembly Committee on Rules.[26][not in citation given]

2009 special congressional election[edit]

On January 23, 2009, after Governor David Paterson announced that he had selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, Tedisco stated his intention to run for Congress to replace Gillibrand in New York's 20th Congressional District.[27] Though not a resident of the district,[28][29] Tedisco became its Republican nominee on January 27, 2009, and ran against Democrat Scott Murphy.[30] The initial count from the election had Murphy leading by 59 votes, out of over 155,000 cast on March 31, 2009. This tally reportedly did not include any of the 10,000 requested absentee ballots, which needed only to have been postmarked by that date and could have been returned as late as April 7 (domestically) or April 13 (internationally).[31] Eventually, about 7,000 absentee ballots were received; the vote count as of April 24 had Murphy ahead by 399 votes.[32] On April 24, Tedisco conceded the election to Murphy.[33]

Tedisco subsequently resigned as Assembly Minority Leader, reportedly at the behest of fellow Assembly Republicans who believed he was distracted by his House candidacy.[34]

New York State Senate[edit]


In 2016, Senator Hugh Farley announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate. Farley's retirement left an opening in the 49th State Senate District. After Tedisco handily won the Republican primary, he went on to defeat General Election opponent Chad Putman.[35]Tedisco won the election with 69% of the vote on November 8, 2016.[36]


Labor and employment[edit]

Tedisco has voted against paid family leave (February 2, 2016),[37] equal pay regardless of gender (January 27, 2014),[38] freelance wage protection (June 20, 2011),[39] and the Wage Theft Prevention Act (July 1, 2010).[40] He also repeatedly voted against an increase in the minimum wage (May 4, 2015; March 5, 2013).[41]


Tedisco repeatedly voted against bills to legalize same-sex marriage.[42] He also voted against bills to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.[43] On June 16, 2014, Tedisco voted against a bill that would have prohibited sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors.[44]


Tedisco strongly opposes limitations on gun ownership. He voted against the NY SAFE Act, a gun control measure that became law in 2013.[45] He voted against a bill that prohibits individuals convicted of domestic abuse from purchasing guns.[46] He also believes that a safety or childproof mechanism does not need to be incorporated into the design of firearms.[47]


  1. ^ "Assembly Republicans pick Canandaigua's Kolb to replace Tedisco". The Business Review. April 6, 2009. Archived from the original on April 9, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  2. ^ "Asm. James Tedisco (R-NY 112th District)". The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  3. ^ David M. Halbfinger (March 30, 2009). "On Election Day, He'll Be Everywhere but the Voting Booth". cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Mulholland, Mark (March 18, 2005). "Tedisco can't vote for himself in Congressional race". WNYT. Archived from the original on April 19, 2006. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Assemblyman James Tedisco: 49th Senate District". New York Senate. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "NYS 49th Senate District Map". New York State Senate.
  7. ^ Lucian McCarty (November 2, 2010). "Tedisco returned to Assembly". The Saratogian.
  8. ^ a b Glenn Griffith (May 12, 2016). "Assemblyman Jim Tedisco announces bid for 49th Senate district seat". The Saratogian.
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame, Jim Tedisco Class of 1972". Union College Athletics. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  10. ^ "Silver Anniversary Awards". National Collegiate Athletic Association. January 13, 1997. Retrieved April 6, 2009.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Election 2010 Profile: Jim Tedesco". The Record. Troy, N.Y. September 21, 2010.
  12. ^ a b Kyle Hughes (August 28, 2016). "Klueg-Tedisco primary in 49th Senate District turning into a slugfest over 'career' politicians, Senate GOP not standing up to Cuomo". Daily Freeman. Kingston, N.Y. NYSNYS News.
  13. ^ "Our Campaigns – Candidate – James N. Tedisco". ourcampaigns.com. Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  14. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
  16. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2013.
  17. ^ Kristy Smorol (June 1, 2011). "First ever Animal Advocacy Day in Albany pushing to strengthen Buster's Law". CNYCentral.com.
  18. ^ "Unknown". The Oneida Daily Dispatch.[dead link]
  19. ^ "Department of Motor Vehicles Changes License Policy to Include More New Yorkers and Implements New Regime of Anti-Fraud Measures to Strengthen the Security of the System". press release. Office of the Governor of New York. 2007-09-21. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  20. ^ "Take A U-Turn, Eliot". New York Post. October 9, 2007.
  21. ^ "A Very Vengeful Governor". New York Post. October 19, 2007.
  22. ^ Josh Kraushaar (January 27, 2009). "Tedisco the GOP nominee for Gillibrand seat". Politico Scorecard blog.
  23. ^ "License plan faces lawsuit; Hochul may join". WBEN-AM. 2007-10-24. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  24. ^ Barrett, Devlin (2007-11-14). "Spitzer Dropping His Driver's License Plan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  25. ^ Kramer, Marcia (November 15, 2007). "Just Call Him...Gov. Flip-Flop". Local News. WCBS-TV. Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  26. ^ Committee Membership
  27. ^ "Now who will replace Gillibrand?". WRGB CBS 6 Albany. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  28. ^ "Election day in wild NY House race" by Associated Press, Boston Herald, November 3, 2009 Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Bill Meyer (March 29, 2009). "NY special election seen as Obama's 1st test". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  30. ^ Curtis Schick (January 28, 2009). "GOP picks Tedisco to run on Republican ticket". Capital News 9. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  31. ^ Richburg, Keith B.; Kane, Paul (April 1, 2009). "Absentee Ballots to Decide N.Y. House Race". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  32. ^ "Unofficial Combined Machine and Paper Results for NY 20th Congressional District" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. April 23, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  33. ^ Irene Jay Liu; Leigh Hornbeck (April 25, 2009). "Murphy headed to Congress". Times Union. Albany, N.Y. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  34. ^ David M. Halbfinger (April 3, 2009). "Amid Signs of a Shove, Tedisco Quits as Assembly Minority Leader". The New York Times. p. A15.
  35. ^ John Cropley (November 8, 2016). "Tedisco beats Putman in 49th State Senate District". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y.
  36. ^ "State legislature incumbents rule the day". The Saratogian. November 9, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  37. ^ "A 3870 - Requires Employers to Provide Paid Family Leave - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  38. ^ "A 8070 - Requires Equal Pay - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  39. ^ "A 6698A - Freelance Wage Protection - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  40. ^ "A10163 - Establishing the Wage Theft Prevention Act - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  41. ^ "A 7257 - Increases Minimum Wage - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.; "A 38 - Increases Minimum Wage - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  42. ^ "A 8590 - Same-Sex Marriage - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.; "A 7732 - Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.;"A 40003 - Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart. (For example, such votes were cast on June 19, 2007, May 12, 2009, and December 2, 2009.)
  43. ^ "A 5710 - Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.; "A 5039 - Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart. (For example, such votes were cast on March 2, 2010 and April 30, 2012.)
  44. ^ "A 6983B - Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy on Minors - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  45. ^ "Roll Call: NY S02230 | 2013-2014 | General Assembly". LegiScan.
  46. ^ "S 8121 - Prohibits Individuals Convicted of Domestic Abuse from Purchasing Firearms - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.
  47. ^ "A 2302 - Childproof Firearms Sales - New York Key Vote". Vote Smart.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Clark C. Wemple
New York State Assembly
107th District

Succeeded by
Arnold W. Proskin
Preceded by
Arnold W. Proskin
New York State Assembly
103rd District

Succeeded by
Patrick R. Manning
Preceded by
Chris Ortloff
New York State Assembly
110th District

Succeeded by
Phillip Steck
Preceded by
Tony Jordan
New York State Assembly
112th District

Succeeded by
Mary Beth Walsh
Preceded by
Charles H. Nesbitt
Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Brian Kolb
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Hugh T. Farley
New York State Senate
49th District