John A. DeFrancisco

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John DeFrancisco
Member of the New York Senate from the 50th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2003
Preceded by James Seward
Member of the New York Senate from the 49th District
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Tarky Lombardi, Jr.
Succeeded by Nancy Larraine Hoffmann
Personal details
Born (1946-10-16) October 16, 1946 (age 70)
Syracuse, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda DeFrancisco
Children 3
Alma mater Syracuse University B.S.
Duke University J.D.
Website Official website

John A. DeFrancisco (born October 16, 1946) represents District 50 in the New York State Senate, which comprises Skaneateles, Pompey, Van Buren, most of Onondaga County and the western half of Syracuse, among other communities located in Upstate New York. He is a Republican.

First elected in 1992, DeFrancisco previously spent eleven years on the Syracuse Common Council as both a Councilor-at-large and then the Council President. He has also served in the past as the President of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education and the Vice-President of the Conference of Large City Boards of Education. He was also an associate with the law firm of Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett, served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force and was the Assistant District Attorney in Onondaga County from 1975 until 1977.

He is an advocate for the enactment of Jenna's Law and promoting the emendation of the Rockefeller drug laws. DeFrancisco voted against the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. Marriage Equality Act roll call


In addition to his job as state senator, DeFrancisco owns and runs a law firm specializing in malpractice litigation. In light of DeFrancisco sponsoring many bills relating to malpractice law in New York State, some have noted the conflict of interest present.[1]

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  1. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (21 March 2011). "Lawyer pol John DeFrancisco urges attorney malpractice fee boost". Daily News. New York, New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Tarky Lombardi
New York State Senate, 49th District
Succeeded by
Nancy Larraine Hoffmann
Preceded by
James Seward
New York State Senate, 50th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Carl Kruger
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee