John J. Dunnigan
John J. Dunnigan (September 6, 1883 – December 1965) was an American architect, builder and politician from New York. He was President pro tempore of the New York State Senate from 1933 to 1938.
In 1919 he introduced a state equal rights amendment for women, who had won the vote in New York two years before. The bill would have amended the state labor law as follows:
“Hereafter in this State every avenue of employment shall be open to women, and any business, vocation, profession and calling followed and pursued by men may be followed and pursued by women, and no person shall be disqualified from engaging in any business, vocation, profession, calling or employment on account of sex. Women doing equal work with men in any occupation, trade or industry in this State shall receive the same compensation therefor as men doing work of the same character. The provisions of this section shall supersede any provision of this chapter or other statute inconsistent herewith.” The bill did not pass.
In 1921, he contested the election of Republican George H. Taylor to the State Senate, and was seated on February 15 in the 144th New York State Legislature. He remained in the State Senate until 1944, sitting in the 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th, 151st, 152nd, 153rd, 154th, 155th, 156th, 157th, 158th, 159th, 160th, 161st, 162nd, 163rd and 164th New York State Legislatures; and was Minority Leader from 1931 to 1932, President pro tempore from 1933 to 1938, and again Minority Leader from 1939 to 1944. He was a delegate to the New York Convention to ratify the 21st Amendment in 1933.
He co-authored the Parimutuel betting law which legalized betting on horses at the racetracks, and banished the bookmakers from the tracks. It also gave the State a 5% share in the bets. He inaugurated the novelty by buying the first ticket at Jamaica Race Course in April 1940.
His son James J. Dunnigan (1912–1983) was President of the Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, NY from its establishment in 1942 until the 1960s.
- "Sees Many Jobless Women as Result of New Labor Laws". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 11, 1919.