Mendez in 2011
|Member of the New York City Council from the 2nd District|
January 1, 2006
|Preceded by||Margarita Lopez|
February 28, 1963 |
New York City, New York
|Alma mater||New York University
Rutgers School of Law
Life and career
Mendez grew up in the Williamsburg Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development. She is the child of Puerto Rican parents, and attended New York City public schools through high school. She graduated from New York University and Rutgers School of Law—Newark. Her working and volunteer life has predominantly focused on community service. She began as a tenant organizer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She then worked on citywide housing issues as a housing specialist at the Parodneck Foundation. In 1995, Mendez graduated from law school and worked as an IOLA Legal Services Fellow at Brooklyn Legal Services. As a legal staff worker she became a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW).
Prior to her election to the Council, Mendez was the Democratic District Leader for her community for four terms. She served for three years as the Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide to her predecessor City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez.
Rosie Mendez is also the Chairperson of the New York City Council's LGBT Caucus.
New York City Council
In 2005, Mendez won the heavily contested Democratic primary for New York City Council's 2nd district. In the heavily Democratic district the primary victory was considered tantamount to election. After a landslide victory in the general election in November 2005, Mendez took office as the 2nd district's Councilwoman in January 2006. She was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.
|2005||Rosie Mendez||21,341||80%||John Carlino||4,805||18%||Claudia Flanagan||Liberal||686||2%|
|2009||Rosie Mendez||19,952||85%||Bryan A. Cooper||3,772||15%|
|2013||Rosie Mendez||20,419||92%||Miles Budde||Green||1,490||7%|
- "LGBT Caucus". council.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
|New York City Council, 2nd District