Patrick M. Gallivan

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Patrick M. Gallivan
Member of the New York Senate
from the 59th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Dale Volker
52nd Sheriff of Erie County
In office
Preceded by Thomas F. Higgins
Succeeded by Timothy B. Howard
Personal details
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 57)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Pat Gallivan
Residence Elma, New York

Patrick M. Gallivan (born November 18, 1960)[1] is a member of the New York State Senate and the former Sheriff of Erie County. Gallivan's district, the 59th, comprises portions of Erie County, the entirety of Wyoming County, the northern half of Livingston County and the towns of Henrietta and Wheatland in Monroe County.[2]


Gallivan was elected Sheriff of Erie County in 1998 and served through 2005.[3] Prior to being elected Sheriff, Patrick Gallivan served 15 years in the New York State Police, rising through the ranks from Trooper to Captain. Between his time as Sheriff and as a New York State Senator, Gallivan served as a commissioner on the state parole board.

After the retirement of incumbent senator Dale Volker, Gallivan defeated former Erie County Republican Party chairman James Domagalski and David DiPietro in a three-way Republican primary in September 2010, going on to defeat Democrat Cynthia Appleton and DiPietro (who continued to run on a line labeled "Tea") in the general election in November of the same year. In 2011, Gallivan voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which legally recognized same-sex marriages performed in the state, in a closely divided Senate vote of 33-29. Marriage Equality Act roll call


Gallivan lives in Elma, New York, with his wife, Mary Pat, and their two children, Jenna and Conor.

Gallivan's cousin, Pete Gallivan, is a reporter and anchor for Buffalo television station WGRZ.


Patrick Gallivan holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and is a graduate of Canisius College[4] in Buffalo. He is a graduate of both the FBI National Executive Institute and the FBI National Academy, and is a past member of the New York State Executive Committee on Counter-Terrorism.


  1. ^ "New York Library Association - Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-New York) biography". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  2. ^ "NY Senate District 59 | NY State Senate". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  3. ^ "ECSO: About the Erie County Sheriff's Office". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Canisius College - Canisius On-line Newsletter -- December 2003". Archived from the original on 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Thomas F. Higgins
Sheriff of Erie County, New York
1998 – 2005
Succeeded by
Timothy B. Howard
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Dale M. Volker
New York State Senate, 59th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Velmanette Montgomery
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Children and Families
January 2011
Succeeded by
Diane J. Savino
Preceded by
Daniel L. Squadron
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Social Services
2011 - 2012
Succeeded by
Malcolm Smith
Preceded by
James S. Alesi
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce Economic Development and Small Business
July 2012 – January 2013
Succeeded by
David Valesky
Preceded by
Michael Nozzolio
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims Crime and Corrections