|Kathleen A. Marchione|
|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 43rd district
Assumed office |
January 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Roy McDonald|
|Saratoga County Clerk|
January 1997 – December 2012
|Preceded by||Rosemarie Corbett|
|Succeeded by||Peter Martin|
|Residence||Halfmoon, New York|
Kathleen A. Marchione is an American politician who has served as the State Senator from New York's 43rd district since 2013. A Republican, she previously served as Saratoga County Clerk from 1997 through 2013.
Marchione first entered public service at the age of 25, serving as Town Clerk in her hometown of Halfmoon. She subsequently served as Halfmoon Town Supervisor, and later as clerk of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. In 1997, Marchione won a special election to be the Saratoga County Clerk following the resignation of Rosemarie Corbett. She was subsequently elected to a full term in 1998, and won re-election every four years thereafter until her election to the State Senate. In 2007, she was chosen as the President of the New York State Association of County Clerks.
In 2009, Marchione led a group of New York county clerks to oppose a plan to require the replacement of new license plates beginning in 2010. In her leadership role with the NYSACC, Marchione spoke out against Gov. Eliot Spitzer's 2007 plan to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses; Spitzer withdrew the proposal under heavy pressure from multiple sources.
On April 4, 2012, Marchione announced that she would challenge Sen. McDonald in a Republican primary in Senate District 43. Sen. McDonald had voted for the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 after having voted "no" on same-sex marriage legislation in 2009, and Marchione derided McDonald for lacking a consistent conservative voting record.
The Marchione-McDonald primary was variously described as "one of three localized referend[a] on New York's 2011 same-sex marriage law" and as "divisive", "bitter," and "nasty," and the results of the race were initially too close to call. Marchione declared victory on September 25, 2012, while Sen. McDonald's campaign announced that the senator was considering his options. Later that week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, weighed in on the race by announcing his support for Sen. McDonald to continue his re-election bid on a third party line.
Ultimately, Machione defeated McDonald in the primary by 99 votes out of a total of 14,579 votes. Sen. McDonald opted to cease his campaign and throw his support to Marchione. The Albany Times Union called the Marchione-McDonald primary contest "a reminder that a solid portion of the Republican base remains uncomfortable with same-sex marriage, and that grass-roots insurgents are at least an even match for the party's establishment candidates." Marchione won the November general election with 47% of the vote, defeating Democrat Robin Andrews (37%) and McDonald (who received 16% of the vote on the Independence Party line despite having suspended his campaign).
Marchione began her tenure in the Senate on January 1, 2013. She was re-elected to the Senate in 2014 and 2016. In April 2018, Marchione announced that she would not seek re-election to the Senate.
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