Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Designate
Assuming office
TBD
GovernorKathy Hochul
SucceedingAndrea Stewart-Cousins (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJohn Faso
Personal details
Born
Antonio Ramon Delgado

(1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 45)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
(m. 2011)
Children2
Education
WebsiteHouse website

Antonio Ramon Delgado (born January 28, 1977) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative from New York's 19th congressional district. The district includes most of the southern and eastern suburbs of the Capital District as well as the majority of the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. He is the first person of either African-American or Latino descent to be elected to Congress from Upstate New York.[1]

Delgado was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, defeating incumbent John Faso, and he was reelected in 2020. On May 3, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul selected Delgado to serve as lieutenant governor of New York, likely to be sworn in by the end of May.[2][3]

Early life and career

Delgado was born in 1977, in Schenectady, New York,[4] to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill.[5] He is of African-American[6], Cape Verdean[7] and Puerto Rican[8] ancestry. Delgado has a younger brother, Kito, and grew up in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady.[9]

Delgado attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School and played for the school's basketball team as a forward. In his senior year, The Daily Gazette named Delgado to its all-area second team. He then enrolled at Colgate University and played for the Colgate Raiders men's basketball team alongside future Golden State Warriors player Adonal Foyle.[10][11] Delgado graduated from Colgate in 1999[10] and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at The Queen's College, Oxford, from which he received a Master of Arts in 2001.[9] In 2005, Delgado graduated from Harvard Law School.[12]

After law school, Delgado moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry.[12] In 2007, Delgado released a socially conscious rap album under the stage name "AD the Voice."[13][14] He then worked as a litigator in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in New York § District 19

In the 2018 elections, Delgado ran for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 19th congressional district. He defeated six other candidates in the Democratic Party's primary election and faced incumbent Republican John Faso in the November 6 general election.[16]

During Delgado's campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Affordable Care Act.[17] Faso, alongside the Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Congressional Committee, launched attacks on Delgado's former rap career,[18][19] commonly referring to Delgado as a "big city rapper."[20] The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as "race-baiting."[21]

Delgado won the general election, receiving 132,001 votes to Faso's 124,408.[22][23] He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019.[24]

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in New York § District 19

Delgado ran for reelection to a second term in 2020. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican nominee Kyle Van De Water, a former trustee for Millbrook, New York village and an attorney.[25] Delgado won the general election with 192,100 votes to Van De Water's 151,475.[26] Of the three Democrats who flipped Republican-held congressional seats in New York in 2018, Delgado was the only one reelected in 2020.

Tenure

As of November 2021, Delgado had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[27]

Committee assignments

Lieutenant governor

On May 3, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul appointed Delgado to be lieutenant governor after Brian Benjamin resigned. He is expected to be Hochul's running mate in the 2022 election. He will be the highest-ranked Latino in the state government's history.[29]

Electoral history

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 8,576 22.1
Democratic Pat Ryan 6,941 17.9
Democratic Gareth Rhodes 6,890 17.7
Democratic Brian Flynn 5,245 13.5
Democratic Jeff Beals 4,991 12.9
Democratic David Clegg 4,257 11.0
Democratic Erin Collier 1,908 4.9
Total votes 38,808 100.0
New York's 19th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 135,582 47.1
Working Families Antonio Delgado 9,237 3.2
Women's Equality Antonio Delgado 3,054 1.1
Total Antonio Delgado 147,873 51.4
Republican John Faso 112,304 39.0
Conservative John Faso 16,906 5.9
Independence John Faso 3,009 1.0
Reform John Faso 654 0.2
Total John Faso (incumbent) 132,873 46.1
Green Steven Greenfield 4,313 1.5
Independent Diane Neal 2,835 1.0
Total votes 287,894 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
New York's 19th congressional district, 2020[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 168,281 48.0
Working Families Antonio Delgado 22,969 6.6
SAM Antonio Delgado 850 0.2
Total Antonio Delgado (incumbent) 192,100 54.8
Republican Kyle Van De Water 151,475 43.2
Libertarian Victoria Alexander 4,224 1.2
Green Steve Greenfield 2,799 0.8
Total votes 350,598 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011.[5] In 2015 Schwartz made Little White Lie, a documentary film for PBS about being biracial.[9] They have twin sons and live in Rhinebeck, north of Poughkeepsie.[10] He is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.[30]

See also

References

  1. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Democrat Antonio Delgado has defeated Republican incumbent John Faso". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (May 3, 2022). "Hochul Taps Upstate Rep. Antonio Delgado as LG". City and State. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Hochul, Kathy (May 3, 2022). "Governor Hochul Announces Appointment of Representative Antonio Delgado as Lieutenant Governor". Governor of New York. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Antonio Delgado (D) | News & Analysis". Inside Elections. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Lacey Schwartz, Antonio Delgado: Weddings". The New York Times. September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado: Race and Identity in Politics". Race at Work with Porter Braswell. Harvard Business Review. December 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "REPS. JEFFRIES & DELGADO REQUEST COVID-19 ASSISTANCE FOR CABO VERDE". Office of U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. U.S. House of Representatives. May 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Freedman, Dan (November 18, 2018). "Delgado: 'I'm ready to go' as first term looms". Blog.timesunion.com. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Jake Lahut (July 29, 2018). "Humble roots to the 'big tent' - Schenectady native Delgado has his eyes on Congress". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Jim Schiltz (May 16, 2018). "Congressional candidate Delgado played basketball, too". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Solender, Andrew. "Antonio Delgado clinches Democratic nomination, makes history in NY19". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Hamilton, Matthew (June 5, 2017). "Democrat Antonio Delgado makes NY-19 bid official - Capitol Confidential". Blog.timesunion.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "He's a Rhodes Scholar. The G.O.P. Keeps Calling Him a 'Big-City Rapper.'". The New York Times. October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Grady, Constance (September 12, 2018). "Republican TV ad criticizes Antonio Delgado's rap career". Vox. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 12, 2018). "Faso opponent new to the 19th District". Times Union. Albany, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  16. ^ Audrey Russo (June 27, 2018). "Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado declares victory in 19th District Democratic primary". Utica, N.Y.: WKTV. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (November 6, 2018). "Democrat Delgado projected to unseat GOP Rep. John Faso in New York House district". CNBC. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "House candidate's 'offensive' rap lyrics called out in attack ad". New York Post. August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "A new attack ad says Antonio Delgado's rap career is "offensive"". Vox. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  20. ^ Degraffinried, Natalie. "Republicans Lose NY House Seat to Democrat They Called a 'Big-City Rapper,' Which Is Now a Slur, I Guess". The Root. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "Opinion | John Faso Is Race-Baiting His Opponent". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  22. ^ "New York State Board of Elections Unofficial Election Night Results".
  23. ^ "Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado is Headed to Congress • EBONY". Ebony. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  24. ^ Zangla, Ariél (January 3, 2019). "Delgado sworn in as Mid-Hudson Valley congressman, says ending partial shutdown is of 'utmost importance'". Daily Freeman. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  25. ^ Kirby, Paul. "Republican Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook joins race for 19th Congressional District seat". Daily Freeman. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  26. ^ a b "2020 Election Results". New York State Board of Elections. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  27. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  28. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado Representing the 19th District of New York. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  29. ^ Ferré-Sadurní, Luis; Fandos, Nicholas (May 3, 2022). "Hochul Chooses Antonio Delgado as New Lieutenant Governor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  30. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 21, 2018). "NY-19 candidate inducted into Upstate Basketball Hall of Fame". Times Union. Archived from the original on January 8, 2019.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJohn Faso Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom New York's 19th congressional district 2019–present Succeeded byTBD Political offices Preceded byAndrea Stewart-CousinsActing Lieutenant Governor of New York Taking office 2022 Designate U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byMadeleine Dean Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives 306th Succeeded byVeronica Escobar