Jimmy Van Bramer

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Jimmy Van Bramer
Jimmy Van Bramer 2014.jpg
Van Bramer in 2014
Member of the New York City Council from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Eric Gioia
Personal details
Born Jimmy Van Bramer
(1969-08-19) August 19, 1969 (age 45)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic/Working Families Party
Spouse(s) Dan Hendrick (m. 2012)
Residence Queens, New York
Alma mater St. Johns University

Jimmy Van Bramer (born August 19, 1969)[1] is a member of the New York City Council. Van Bramer was elected to the New York City Council to represent the 26th district on November 3, 2009.

Early life[edit]

Jimmy Van Bramer is a lifelong resident of Queens and the son of two active union members. His father, William Van Bramer, was a lifelong member of Printers' and Pressman's Union Local 2. His mother, Elizabeth, helped support the family by taking a variety of jobs in their neighborhood. She was a member of Local 1893 of the International Brotherhood of Painters.[citation needed]

Van Bramer graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School, and from St. Johns University in 1994.


As Council Member, he introduced legislation that has already passed in the Council to make it easier for children to apply for library cards. He presently sits on nine committees, Civil Rights; Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations, Chair; Finance; General Welfare; Health; Lower Manhattan Redevelopment; Parks & Recreation; Transportation; Public Housing.[2]

Before joining the City Council, Van Bramer served as the Chief External Affairs Officer of the Queens Public Library. In this capacity, he was the library's link between community members and government. He worked as a reporter for Lesbian and Gay New York (LGNY), now Gay City News, a community newspaper, where he brought attention to the AIDS epidemic and bias/hate crimes. He represents his neighborhood and the 37th Assembly District on the New York State Democratic Committee.[citation needed]

In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[3]

On January 22, 2014, Van Bramer was chosen to be the New York City Council's Majority Leader, the second-most powerful position in the body. He was also named to serve as co-chair of a budget negotiating team set up by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Personal life[edit]

Van Bramer currently lives in Sunnyside Gardens with Dan Hendrick. They married on July 28, 2012.[4] Van Bramer is one of six openly LGBT members of the New York City Council, alongside Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, Ritchie Torres, Daniel Dromm and Carlos Menchaca.


  1. ^ "Jimmy Van Bramer - Facebook". 
  2. ^ "Official NYC council website". Council.nyc.gov. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: James Van Bramer, City & State, September 17, 2007.
  4. ^ Broverman, Neal (2012-07-29). "NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer Marries Longtime Partner". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Gioia
New York City Council, 26th District