Mary Lou Rath

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Mary Lou Rath
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 61st district
In office
2003–2008
Preceded byGeorge Maziarz
Succeeded byMichael Ranzenhofer
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 60th district
In office
1993–2002
Preceded byJohn B. Sheffer II
Succeeded byByron Brown
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
RelationsEdward Rath III (son)
EducationBuffalo State Teacher's College (BS)

Mary Lou Rath is an American politician who served as a member of New York State Senate from 1993 to 2008. A Republican, she represented the state's 61st district, which consisted of parts of Erie County and all of Genesee County.

Early life and education[edit]

Rath was born in Kenmore, New York. She attended the University at Buffalo before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the Buffalo State Teacher's College (now Buffalo State College).[1]

Career[edit]

She was elected to the Senate in 1993 after serving as a member of the Erie County Legislature from 1978 to 1993.[2] During her final four years in the County Legislature, she served as the Minority Leader of the Legislature.

In January 2007, she was appointed to the post of deputy majority leader for state/federal relations, making her the only woman in the Senate Republican leadership. She announced her retirement in 2008 and was succeeded by Erie County Legislator Michael Ranzenhofer.[3] Ranzenhofer had also succeeded Senator Rath as Minority Leader of the Erie County Legislature when Senator Rath stepped down to become a state senator.

During her service in the Senate, Rath served at different times as chairwoman of the Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development Committee, chairwoman of the Children and Families Committee and as chairwoman of the Local Government Committee.

In 1998, she was reportedly considered by Governor George Pataki as his running mate for lieutenant governor. Pataki choose Judge Mary Donohue instead.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Her late husband, Edward Rath, Jr., was a justice of the New York State Supreme Court and her father-in-law, Edward A. Rath, was the first county executive of Erie County. Her son, Edward Rath III, won his election for the Erie County Legislature for her former seat and in 2020 was elected in her seat for New York State Senate.[5][6] She is a resident of the Village of Williamsville.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary Lou Rath's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  2. ^ Pye, Daniel. "POLITICS: Mary Lou Rath announces retirement". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  3. ^ Times, The New York (2008-01-29). "Republican Senator to Retire". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  4. ^ "Pataki Picks an Upstate Judge As His Election Running Mate". archive.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  5. ^ Staff. "Mary Lou Rath served well Senator's retirement marks end of career more about achievements than limelight". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  6. ^ "Retired Judge Edward Rath Dies of Cancer". news.wbfo.org. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas M. Reynolds
Minority Leader of the Erie County Legislature
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Michael Ranzenhofer
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John B. Sheffer II
New York State Senate, 60th District
1993–2002
Succeeded by
Byron Brown
Preceded by
George Maziarz
New York State Senate, 61st District
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Michael Ranzenhofer