Jimmy Van Bramer

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Jimmy Van Bramer
Jimmy Van Bramer 2014.jpg
Member of the New York City Council from the 26th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Eric Gioia
Personal details
Born (1969-08-19) August 19, 1969 (age 47)
Queens, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dan Hendrick
Alma mater St. John's University (B.A.)
Website Official website

James G. "Jimmy" Van Bramer (born August 19, 1969) is the Council member for the 26th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes portions of Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Woodside in Queens.

Life and career[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.

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

In September 2007, he was named one of City & State's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[1] Van Bramer currently lives in Sunnyside Gardens with Dan Hendrick. They married on July 28, 2012.[2] Van Bramer is one of seven openly LGBT members of the New York City Council, alongside Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, Ritchie Torres, James Vacca, Daniel Dromm and Carlos Menchaca.

New York City Council[edit]

Van Bramer was first elected to the New York City Council to represent the 26th district on November 3, 2009. He was re-elected in 2013. 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.

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 25
2001 Democratic Primary Helen Sears 31.56%
Jimmy Van Bramer 22.52%
Rudolph E. Greco 21.76%
Maqdalena U. Schultheis 13.50%
Louis M. Chan 10.66%
NYC Council
District 25
2001 General Helen Sears 82.68%
Magdalena U. Schultheis (I) 7.46%
Jimmy Van Bramer (WF) 7.12%
Barton Goft (Green) 2.73%
NYC Council
District 26
2009 Democratic √ Jimmy Van Bramer 45.99%
Dierdre A. Feerick 37.29%
Brent O'Leary 16.73%
NYC Council
District 26
2009 General √ Jimmy Van Bramer (D) 70.38%
Angelo Maragos (R) 23.72%
Dierdre A. Feerick (I) 5.90%
NYC Council
District 26
2013 General √ Jimmy Van Bramer (D) 99.70%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: James Van Bramer, City & State, September 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Broverman, Neal (2012-07-29). "NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer Marries Longtime Partner". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Gioia
New York City Council, 26th District
2010–present
Incumbent