Luis R. Sepúlveda

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Luis R. Sepúlveda
Luis R Sepulveda headshot.jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
April 30, 2018
Preceded byRubén Díaz
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 87th district
In office
January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2018
Preceded byJ. Gary Pretlow
Succeeded byKarines Reyes
Personal details
Born (1964-02-11) February 11, 1964 (age 55)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Sepulveda
ChildrenJulian S. Sepulveda Luis E. Sepulveda
ResidenceWest Farms, Bronx, New York, United States[citation needed]
Alma materHofstra University
Hofstra University School of Law[1]

Luis R. Sepúlveda (born February 11, 1964)[1] is an American attorney and politician who serves as the New York State Senator from the 32nd Senate District in the Bronx, New York.


Sepúlveda was born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] and graduated from Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the natural sciences in 1988.[2] Sepúlveda later attended the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra on a full scholarship, obtaining his law degree in 1991.[1][3]

In 2010, Sepúlveda made his first run for public office, losing a bid for the New York State Assembly to incumbent Peter M. Rivera in the Democratic primary.[4] Two years later, Rivera retired and Sepúlveda was elected as his successor. He would be re-elected twice more.

While in the New York State Assembly, Sepúlveda served on the Assembly's Committees on Aging, Agriculture, Banks, Correction, Mental Hygiene, and Housing. Sepúlveda also serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Transitional Services, dealing with post-incarceration issues.[1]

Sepúlveda has a history of endorsing populist progressive candidates. Sepúlveda was the first member of the New York State Assembly to endorse future New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the 2013 New York City Mayoral primary elections[5] as well as the first Assembly member to endorse de Blasio in his 2017 reelection campaign.

However, in 2018, Sepúlveda supported incumbent state senator Martin Malave Dilan against a primary challenge from Julia Salazar, a community organizer endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America[6], and endorsed former Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey D. Klein against challenger Alessandra Biaggi.[7]

He was also one of the few New York State politicians to back Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Primary over former New York State Senator Hillary Clinton.[8]

New York Senate[edit]

In 2017, longtime Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. opted to run for the New York City Council, and won.[9] A special election was announced to replace him, and Sepúlveda announced his candidacy on December 18, 2017.[10] Sepúlveda would easily win the endorsement of the county Democratic party, and in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, easily won the special election.[11]

Sepúlveda was elected to a full term in 2018 unopposed.[12] In the Senate, he is serving as Chairman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff (undated). "Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Adler, Ben (2018-03-12). "Updated: Who's on the ballot in state special elections?". CSNY. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Assemblyman Luis R. Sepúlveda '91". 31 July 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY Assembly 76 - D Primary Race - Sep 14, 2010". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Mayor de Blasio will attend pricey fundraiser for Bronx assemblyman". New York Daily News. 2015-10-18. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  6. ^ Sepúlveda, Luis [@LuisSepulvedaNY] (August 21, 2018). "Can anyone explain to how anyone can challenge Sen. Dilan's 30 year track record of progressive policies. It's completely baffling" (Tweet). Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Klein, Jeffrey [@JeffKleinNY] (August 26, 2018). "Huge thank you to Senator Sepúlveda for your endorsement today! @LuisSepulvedaNY is true champion for our Bronx families and neighborhoods, and I am proud to have his endorsement #teamklein" (Tweet). Retrieved August 27, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Sepulveda endorses de Blasio for re-election". Politico. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  9. ^ "Ruben Diaz Sr. Rides to Victory in District 18 Council Primary". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "Sepulveda Announces Senate Bid". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ "Sepúlveda wins special election for State Senate seat – Mott Haven Herald". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 32 Race - Nov 06, 2018". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  13. ^ "November 29, 2018: Sen. Luis Sepúlveda on his legislative priorities | The Capitol Pressroom". WQXR. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
J. Gary Pretlow
New York State Assembly, 87th District
Succeeded by
Karines Reyes
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Rubén Díaz
New York State Senate, 32nd District