Michael Ranzenhofer

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Michael H. Ranzenhofer
Member of the New York Senate
from the 61st district
Assumed office
January 2009
Preceded byMary Lou Rath
Member of the Erie County Legislature
from the 4th district
16th district (1989-2004)
In office
Preceded byRobert B. Anderson
Succeeded byRaymond Walter
Personal details
Born (1954-08-15) August 15, 1954 (age 64)[1][2]
Queens, New York[1]
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAmherst, New York[3]
Alma materSUNY at Albany
SUNY at Buffalo School of Law[3]
Professionlawyer, politician
WebsiteOfficial website

Michael H. Ranzenhofer (born August 15, 1954)[1][2] is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing the 61st district. In addition to being a legislator, he is a partner with the law firm Friedman and Ranzenhofer.


Ranzenhofer graduated from SUNY at Albany with a B.A. magna cum laude in 1976. He then earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law in 1979.[3]

Political career[edit]

Ranzenhofer served in the Erie County Legislature from 1989 through 2008.[3] While a legislator, he has served as the Legislature's Majority Leader during the budget crisis with then County Executive Joel Giambra and Minority Leader. At present, he serves on the Community Enrichment Committee and the Human Services Committee. He has reportedly considered a race for Justice of the New York State Supreme Court during his tenure in the County Legislature.

In 2014, Ranzenhofer appeared on The Daily Show to talk about yogurt legislation in New York State, which the host called "absurd".

He was first elected to the State Senate on November 4, 2008.[4] He won a second term on November 2, 2010.[3]

In 2011, Ranzenhofer voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. roll call

Personal life[edit]

Ranzenhofer is a longtime resident of the town of Amherst, New York.[3] He and his wife Sue have two children:[3] Lisa and David.[5]

Election results[edit]

Michael H. Ranzenhofer (REP - IND - CON) ... 74,750
Joe Mesi (DEM - WOR) ... 67,207
Michael H. Ranzenhofer (REP - IND - CON) ... 63,467
Marc A. Coppola (DEM) ... 37,464

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "State Senate: Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I), District 61". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hill, David J. (October 19, 2010). "Senate hopefuls talk spending". Tonawanda News. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2010. Ranzenhofer, 56
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Michael H. Ranzenhofer: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Scott, Mark (November 5, 2008). "Lee Wins 26th District House Seat, Ranzenhofer Beats Mesi in State Senate Race". WBFO. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 23, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  7. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard R. Anderson
16th District Erie County Legislator
Succeeded by
Seat Eliminated
Preceded by
Judith P. Fisher
4th District Erie County Legislator
Succeeded by
Raymond Walter
Preceded by
Mary Lou Rath
New York State Senate, 61st District
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Perkins
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions