Joe Sempolinski
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd district
Assuming office
September 13, 2022
SucceedingTom Reed
Personal details
Born (1983-02-10) February 10, 1983 (age 39)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
Yale University (MA, MPhil)
WebsiteCampaign website

Joseph Michael Sempolinski (born February 10, 1983)[1][2] is an American politician who is the member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 23rd congressional district. A Republican, he was first elected in a special election held on August 23, 2022.[3]

Early life and education

Born in Elmira, New York, Sempolinski graduated from Corning-Painted Post West High School in Painted Post, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy from Yale University.[4]


Between 2010 and 2015, Sempolinski worked in the office of Congressman Tom Reed, including as district director.[5] A member of the Republican Party, he also serves as the chairman of the Steuben County Republican Committee.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives


2022 Special

Main article: 2022 New York's 23rd congressional district special election

On May 10, 2022, Reed resigned from the seat representing New York's 23rd congressional district, a seat to which he had already stated he would not stand for re-election past 2022, leaving a vacancy in the 117th United States Congress. The boundaries of the district were to be redrawn according to the 2020 United States Census. Though two Republican candidates emerged for the newly redrawn district, Carl Paladino and eventual primary winner Nick Langworthy, both lived outside the bounds of the 23rd district as drawn at the time and decided not to seek the seat in the special election; the Republician county chairmen from the district selected Sempolinski to run for the seat in the special election.[7] [8]

Sempolinski defeated Max Della Pia, the Democratic nominee by a 53.2–46.7% margin.[9]


Sempolinski has already pledged not to seek re-election in the November general election.[7] He will participate in his first Congressional session when Congress reconvenes on September 13 and expects to be sworn in along with other special election winners before the reconvention.[10]


  1. ^ Zremski, Jerry (January 30, 2022) [October 28, 2021]. "GOP House candidate raises $107K for race in Southern Tier district that may disappear". The Buffalo News. Washington, D.C. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  2. ^ "Rep. Joe Sempolinski (R-New York, 23rd)". Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Ehmke, Jim (June 14, 2022). "Joe Sempolinski to run for New York's 23rd Congressional District". Binghampton Homepage. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  4. ^ Smith, Jeff. "Joe Sempolinski, former aide to Tom Reed, announces run for Congress in 2022". The Leader. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  5. ^ Mahoney, Bill. "A House candidate in New York may be in Congress for just four months. And he's fine with it". POLITICO. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "Della Pia, Sempolinski State Case For Short Term". Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "A House candidate in New York may be in Congress for just four months. And he's fine with it". Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  8. ^ "Sempolinski nominated by GOP in NY 23 special election". Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  9. ^ "Max Della Pia: Statement About The Special Election – AM 1480 WLEA News". Retrieved August 27, 2022.
  10. ^ Frank, Terry (August 26, 2022). "Sempolinski says he's ready to go in Congress". WJTN. Retrieved August 26, 2022.