Ruth Hassell-Thompson

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Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 36th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Larry Seabrook
Personal details
Born New York City, New York
Children 2
Residence Mt. Vernon, New York
Occupation Nurse/Counselor

Ruth-Hassell Thompson of Mount Vernon, New York is a State Senator representing the 36th district of New York, which includes the Bronx neighborhoods of Norwood, Bedford Park, Williamsbridge, Co-op City, Wakefield and Baychester and the Westchester city of Mount Vernon.[1]

Political career and background[edit]

Ms. Hassell-Thompson worked as a pediatric nurse and substance abuse counselor for Mount Vernon Hospital from 1963 to 1998. From January 1980 to June 1987, she was Executive Director of the Westchester Minority Contractor's Association (WMCA). Prior to leading the WMCA, she worked for the Westchester Community Opportunity Program for 10 years in a number of management positions. She then served as President/CEO of Whart Development Company, Inc., a real estate development company and a consultant to small and developing businesses before being elected to Mount Vernon City Council in 1993. She would later serve as Council President and Acting Mayor.[citation needed]

In 2000 she was elected to the State Senate. She is the Chairwoman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee and is a former Ranking Minority Member on the Consumer Protection and Judiciary committees.


Hassell-Thompson received the Sojourner Truth Racial Justice Award, the Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Achievement Award, the Minority and Women Business Development Award from the state of New York Department of Commerce, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Keeping the Dream Alive Award, and has been named to the African-American Civic and Legal Hall of Fame. She has received two honorary doctorates.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

36th Senate District of New York election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ruth Hassell-Thompson 41,007 94.5
Republican Curtis Brooks 1,966 4.5


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Larry Seabrook
New York State Senate, 33rd District
Succeeded by
Efrain Gonzalez
Preceded by
Suzi Oppenheimer
New York State Senate, 36th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Nozzolio
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims Crime and Corrections
Succeeded by
Michael Nozzolio