|Lieutenant Governor of New York|
|Succeeding||Andrea Stewart-Cousins (acting)|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 19th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||John Faso|
Antonio Ramon Delgado
January 28, 1977
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
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.
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.
Delgado was born in 1977, in Schenectady, New York, to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill. He is of African-American, Cape Verdean and Puerto Rican ancestry. Delgado has a younger brother, Kito, and grew up in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady.
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. Delgado graduated from Colgate in 1999 and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at The Queen's College, Oxford, from which he received a Master of Arts in 2001. In 2005, Delgado graduated from Harvard Law School.
After law school, Delgado moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry. In 2007, Delgado released a socially conscious rap album under the stage name "AD the Voice." He then worked as a litigator in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump.
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.
During Delgado's campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Affordable Care Act. Faso, alongside the Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Congressional Committee, launched attacks on Delgado's former rap career, commonly referring to Delgado as a "big city rapper." The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as "race-baiting."
Delgado won the general election, receiving 132,001 votes to Faso's 124,408. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019.
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. Delgado won the general election with 192,100 votes to Van De Water's 151,475. Of the three Democrats who flipped Republican-held congressional seats in New York in 2018, Delgado was the only one reelected in 2020.
As of November 2021, Delgado had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.
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.
|Working Families||Antonio Delgado||9,237||3.2|
|Women's Equality||Antonio Delgado||3,054||1.1|
|Total||John Faso (incumbent)||132,873||46.1|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Working Families||Antonio Delgado||22,969||6.6|
|Total||Antonio Delgado (incumbent)||192,100||54.8|
|Republican||Kyle Van De Water||151,475||43.2|
Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011. In 2015 Schwartz made Little White Lie, a documentary film for PBS about being biracial. They have twin sons and live in Rhinebeck, north of Poughkeepsie. He is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.