Pete Lopez (politician)
|Region 2 Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency|
October 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Catherine McCabe (Acting)|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 102nd district
January 1, 2013 – October 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Joel M. Miller|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 127nd district
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012
|Preceded by||Daniel L. Hooker|
|Succeeded by||Albert A. Stirpe Jr.|
April 10, 1961 |
|Residence||Schoharie, New York|
|Alma mater||SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Albany (M.P.A.)
Peter D. "Pete" Lopez (born April 10, 1961) is a politician who served in the New York State Assembly from the 102nd Assembly District (established in 2012), which includes all of Schoharie County and portions of Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Ulster counties from 2007 to 2017. He is a Republican, and was ranked one of "Newsmax's 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans" in 2016.
Lopez was born in Miami, Florida; his family moved to Schoharie, New York, where he was raised. He graduated from Schoharie Central School, the State University College at Cobleskill, and the University at Albany, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree in 1988.
Lopez became interested in public service as a young man, joining the Republican Party and running for the Schoharie Village Board at the age of 20. He lost to a candidate endorsed by the mayor. Lopez later won a seat on the Village Board and later was elected as Supervisor.
Lopez worked as staff to the New York State Legislature for 21 years, collaborating with a broad range of public and private interests at the federal, state and local levels. Among his position was as Associate Director of the Senate Agriculture Committee (Senator John R. Kuhl, Jr., Chairman), and Assistant Director of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (Senator Charles D. Cook, Chairman). He also served as the District Office Director for Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, who ran for Governor of New York in 2006, and managed constituent services, including helping seniors and veterans access benefits.
In 2004, Lopez was elected County Clerk with about 70 percent of the vote; he served until 2006.
Elected to state office
Lopez was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2006, when he defeated Siena College professor Scott Trees. He won a total of 58 percent of the vote on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party lines. Lopez ran uncontested in the November 2008 and November 2010 general elections. In 2012 he won from the newly defined 102nd Assembly district.
Lopez supported energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources in the Mohawk Valley, including wind farms. In 2007 he and his staff organized a tour of the Maple Ridge, Fenner, and Madison wind farms in New York state. Lopez also supports biodiesel research and development in the state, as well as tourism, family farms, and manufacturing.
Lopez has fought against the opioid epidemic, sponsoring Laree's Law, which holds drug dealers accountable for the deaths caused by the sale of opioids and other narcotics. Lopez has also been vocal about Albany's culture of corruption, and called on fellow lawmakers to strip the pensions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, who were (in Silver's case, initially) convicted of corruption charges. Silver's conviction was overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on July 13, 2017.
Environmental Protection Agency
On September 28, 2017, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, named Lopez to be regional administrator for region 2. The region 2 office is based in New York City, and its area of responsibility is New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
Lopez is due to begin his position at the EPA on Oct. 1, at which point he will resign his assembly seat. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has the responsibility to call a special election for the 102nd district.
He has been a member of an advisory committee on runaway and troubled youth, and Chairman of the Schoharie Main Street Committee. He was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Schoharie County.
- He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Albany, the State University of New York's Golden Anniversary Chancellor's Recognition award, the New York State Masons' General Douglas MacArthur Award for Service to Youth, and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce's Leader of the Year Award.
- In 2012, he received the Times Journal Star of the Year Award for his dedicated efforts in helping communities recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Tropical Storm Lee.
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- "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010.
- Newsmax's 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans
- Hamilton, Matthew (28 September 2017). "Assemblyman Peter Lopez picked as new EPA regional administrator". Times Union. Albany, New York.
- "Peter D. Lopez", Hispanic Coalition of New York, Inc., 2011, accessed 30 December 2014
- "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008.
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- "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010.
- Ariel Zangla, "NY Assemblyman Peter Lopez challenged by retired cop James Miller in 102nd District", Daily Freeman, 24 October 2012
- "Wind Tour". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- "New York State Assembly | Bill Search and Legislative Information". nyassembly.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
- "New York State Assembly | Peter D. Lopez". nyassembly.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
|New York Assembly|
Daniel L. Hooker
|New York State Assembly, 127th District
Albert A. Stirpe Jr.
|New York Assembly|
Joel M. Miller
|New York State Assembly, 102nd District