Marc Molinaro
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byPat Ryan (redistricting)
County Executive of Dutchess County
In office
January 1, 2012 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byWilliam Steinhaus
Succeeded byWilliam O'Neil
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 103rd district
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2011
Preceded byPatrick Manning
Succeeded byDidi Barrett
Member of the Dutchess County Legislature
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2006
Preceded byFrances Mark
Succeeded byDavid Seymour
Mayor of Tivoli
In office
Preceded byEdward Neese
Succeeded byThomas Cordier
Personal details
Born (1975-10-08) October 8, 1975 (age 48)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCorinne Adams
EducationDutchess Community College (AS)
WebsiteHouse website

Marcus J. Molinaro (/mlɪˈnɛər/ moh-lin-AIR-oh; born October 8, 1975)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for New York's 19th congressional district since 2023. A member of the Republican Party, Molinaro was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature and the New York State Assembly before being elected county executive of Dutchess County, New York in 2011.[2] He was reelected county executive in 2015 and 2019. Molinaro is also a former mayor of Tivoli; when he became mayor at age 19, he was the youngest mayor in the United States.[3][4][5]

Molinaro was the Republican nominee for governor of New York in 2018, losing to Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

On September 21, 2021, Molinaro announced that he would run for New York's 19th district in the United States House of Representatives in 2022.[6] In the special election held on August 23, 2022, Molinaro lost to Democratic nominee Pat Ryan, the Ulster County executive, 51.2% to 48.8%. Molinaro was the Republican nominee for the same seat in the November 2022 general election, this time defeating Democratic nominee Josh Riley under new district lines. Ryan, who defeated Molinaro in August, was also elected to a full term simultaneously in a neighboring district.

Early life

Molinaro was born in Yonkers, New York,[7] to Anthony Molinaro[8] and Dona Vananden.[9] After his parents' divorce, he and his mother moved to Beacon, New York, in 1980,[10][7] and to Tivoli, New York, in 1989.[7] Molinaro's mother struggled financially, and the family received food stamps.[10] Molinaro graduated from Dutchess Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Humanities and Social Sciences.[7][11]

Early political career

Molinaro was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, when he was elected to the Village of Tivoli's Board of Trustees.[7] In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in the U.S. when he was elected mayor of Tivoli.[12][13] He was reelected five times, and also served in the Dutchess County Legislature.[7]

New York State Assembly

In 2006, Molinaro was elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly.[14] He served in the Assembly until 2011. In January 2011, at the recommendation of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Molinaro to serve on the Governor's Mandate Relief Redesign Team.[15]

Dutchess County Executive

Molinaro announced his bid to succeed 20-year Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus in May 2011. The campaign was endorsed by the county's Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties. On June 3, Beekman supervisor Dan French won the Democratic nomination. Molinaro won the November 8, 2011, election with 62% of the vote.[16] He was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. In 2015, Molinaro was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Diane Jablonski,[17] 30,181 votes to 17,539.[18] Molinaro won a third term in 2019, defeating Democratic nominee Joseph Ruggiero,[19] 41,285 votes to 29,293.[20]

In 2014, Molinaro was awarded the Pace University Land Use Law Center's Groundbreaker's Award.[7] As county executive, he spearheaded a 2015 initiative called "Think Differently" for people with disabilities; he also appointed a Deputy Commissioner of Special Needs in 2016.[12] In 2015, Molinaro was elected second vice president of the New York State Association of Counties.[7]

2018 gubernatorial election

Main article: 2018 New York gubernatorial election

In March 2018, Molinaro informed Republican leaders that he would run for governor of New York in the 2018 election.[21] He announced his candidacy on April 2, 2018, and was endorsed by the New York Conservative Party on April 13.[22][23] On May 23, the Republican Party unanimously nominated Molinaro for governor at its state convention, three days after the Reform Party endorsed Molinaro for its gubernatorial ticket.[24][25] Molinaro's running mate was Julie Killian, a former Rye City councilwoman and state senate candidate.[26] While he was described as a moderate during the campaign,[27][28][29] Molinaro said in a March 2018 interview that he considered himself a communitarian, explaining that he believed leaders need to bring together community members of different perspectives to solve the problems they face.[30]

Molinaro lost to incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 election,[31] garnering 36% of the vote.[32]

U.S. House of Representatives


2022 special

Main article: 2022 New York's 19th congressional district special election

On September 21, 2021, Molinaro announced his candidacy for Congress in New York's 19th congressional district.[6] Ten days after this announcement, his campaign reported raising at least $350,000.[33] A special election to fill the 19th congressional district seat was held in August 2022. The seat was left vacant following Antonio Delgado's appointment as Lieutenant Governor of New York. Molinaro lost the special election to Democrat Pat Ryan.

2022 general

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in New York § District 19

Molinaro was also the Republican nominee in the November 2022 general election in the 19th district. In that election, he faced Democratic nominee Josh Riley.[34] He narrowly won the House seat with 49.9% of the vote.[35]


Molinaro was one of the leading Republican voices to call for the ultimately successful expulsion of George Santos from Congress.[36]

Caucus memberships

Political Positions

Social issues

LGBT rights

Molinaro supports same-sex marriage. After being contacted by a reporter, he stated that he would've voted for the Respect for Marriage Act had he been in office during the 117th Congress.[38]

During the 118th Congress, Molinaro voted for the Parents Bill of Rights in Education but worked to try to stop his Republican colleagues from adding amendments. Multiple amendments in the bill were criticized by Democrats, transgender people and fellow Republican representative Mike Lawler as having gone "too far" and needlessly putting vulnerable children at "greater risk."[39]

Personal life

Molinaro and his wife, Corinne Adams, reside in Catskill, New York.[40] Molinaro had two children with his first wife[41] and he has two children with Adams.[42] His daughter Abigail is on the autism spectrum.[41]

Molinaro is Protestant.[43]

Electoral history

2018 New York gubernatorial election[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Andrew Cuomo 3,424,416 56.16% +8.64%
Working Families Andrew Cuomo 114,478 1.88% −1.43%
Independence Andrew Cuomo 68,713 1.13% −0.91%
Women's Equality Andrew Cuomo 27,733 0.45% −0.96%
Total Andrew Cuomo (incumbent) 3,635,340 59.62% +5.43%
Republican Marc Molinaro 1,926,485 31.60% −0.79%
Conservative Marc Molinaro 253,624 4.16% −2.41%
Reform Marc Molinaro 27,493 0.45% N/A
Total Marc Molinaro 2,207,602 36.21% −4.10%
Green Howie Hawkins 103,946 1.70% −3.14%
Libertarian Larry Sharpe 95,033 1.56% +1.12%
SAM Stephanie Miner 55,441 0.91% N/A
Total votes 6,097,362 100.0% N/A
2022 New York's 19th congressional district special election[44][45]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Pat Ryan 58,427 45.30% –2.70
Working Families Pat Ryan 7,516 5.83% –0.72
Total Pat Ryan 65,943 51.13% –3.66
Republican Marc Molinaro 52,350 40.58% –2.62
Conservative Marc Molinaro 10,602 8.22% N/A
Total Marc Molinaro 62,952 48.80% +5.60
Write-in 96 0.07% N/A
Total votes 128,991 100.00%
Democratic hold
2022 New York's 19th congressional district general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marc Molinaro 129,960 45.18%
Conservative Marc Molinaro 16,044 5.58%
Total Marc Molinaro 146,004 50.76%
Democratic Josh Riley 124,396 43.25%
Working Families Josh Riley 17,113 5.95%
Total Josh Riley 141,509 49.20%
Write-in 105 0.04%
Total votes 287,618 100%


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New York State Assembly Preceded byPatrick Manning Member of the New York State Assemblyfrom the 103rd district 2007–2011 Succeeded byDidi Barrett Political offices Preceded byWilliam Steinhaus Executive of Dutchess County 2012–2023 Succeeded byWilliam O'Neil Party political offices Preceded byRob Astorino Republican nominee for Governor of New York 2018 Succeeded byLee Zeldin U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byPat Ryan Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom New York's 19th congressional district 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byCory Mills United States representatives by seniority 407th Succeeded byNathaniel Moran