Mike Lawler NY-17

Mike Lawler NY-17

Summary

Current Position: US Representative of NY 17th District since 2023
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position:  State Assembly from 20221 to 2022 for the 97th District
District: Includes all of Rockland County and Putnam County, as well as most of Northern Westchester County

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Manhattan College in 2009.Lawler was named valedictorian of his graduating class.

Lawler was a partner at the political communications firm Checkmate Strategies from 2018 until 2022. He previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino and executive director of the New York State Republican Party.

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News

Mondaire Jones posts nearly $2M fundraising quarter
Politico, Ally MutnickApril 9, 2024

The Hudson Valley district is a top target for House Democrats in their drive to reclaim the majority.

Former Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones raised a whopping $1.75 million in the first three months of 2024 for his New York House comeback bid against GOP Rep. Mike Lawler.

He ended March with more than $3 million in the bank, according to campaign fundraising totals provided first to POLITICO. Lawler’s lower Hudson Valley district is a top target for House Democrats in their drive to reclaim the majority.

“While Mike Lawler was getting caught defunding law enforcement and blocking a bipartisan border security bill, our grassroots campaign has raised nearly $4 million thus far this cycle because of the incredible support from everyday people across the Lower Hudson Valley,” Jones said in a statement. “And unlike my oil and gas lobbyist opponent, I don’t take corporate PAC money.”

About

Source: Government page

Mike Lawler NY-17 1Congressman Mike Lawler proudly represents New York’s 17th Congressional District which includes Rockland County, Putnam County and portions of Westchester and Dutchess counties. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Lawler represented New York’s 97th District in the State Assembly where he served on the Committees on Aging, Banks, Education, Housing, and as the Ranking Member on Governmental Operations.

In the State Assembly, Mike passed more bills than any other member of his conference, a testament to his bipartisan, pragmatic approach to government. In just one term, he was able to successfully pass legislation that included additional funding for law enforcement and first responders, tax relief for middle class families, and historic funding increases for our schools in the Hudson Valley.

Mike has a long history of public service. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, he served as the Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown and was a Senior Advisor to the Westchester County Executive.

Mike also served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party and previously founded his own government affairs and public relations firm. He graduated from Manhattan College with degrees in Accounting and Finance and was Valedictorian of his graduating class.

In Congress, Mike Lawler serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He also serves on nearly 50 congressional caucuses, including as Co-Chair of the Anti-Congestion Tax Caucus, Appalachian National Scenic Trails Caucus, and the Moldova Caucus. He also serves on the bipartisan SALT Caucus and the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Mike is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. He grew up in Rockland County and graduated from Suffern High School. Mike lives in Pearl River with his wife, Doina, and their daughter Julianna.

Offices

District Office
One Blue Hill Plaza
Third Floor
P.O. Box 1645
Pearl River, NY 10965

(845) 201-2060

Washington, D.C. Office

1013 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-6506

Contact

Email: Government page

Web Links

Politics

Source: none

Finances

Source: Open Secrets

Committees

Committee Assignments for the 118th Congress:

House Committee on Financial Services 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs


Caucuses

Anti-Congestion Tax Caucus, Co-Chair

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Caucus, Co-Chair

Moldova Caucus, Co-Chair

Abraham Accords Caucus

America 250 Caucus

Apprenticeship Caucus

Armenian Caucus

Baltic Caucus

Bipartisan Fentanyl Prevention Caucus

Bipartisan Global Investment in American Jobs Caucus

Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism

Border Security Caucus

New Legislation

Issues

Source: Wikipedia

Politico described Lawler as an avowed moderate.

Abortion
Lawler personally opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is at risk, but also opposes a federal ban on abortion.

Congestion pricing
In 2023, Lawler opposed a plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to enact congestion pricing in Manhattan, New York City, one of the most traffic congested areas of the world. The plan would charge most cars $15 per day to drive in Manhattan below 60th Street. Lawler argued that the congestion pricing plan was not intended to reduce congestion, but was instead an “outrageous cash grab.”

More Information

Services

Source: Government page

District

Source: Wikipedia

New York’s 17th congressional district is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives located in Southern New York. It includes all of Rockland County and Putnam County, as well as most of Northern Westchester County, and portions of southern Dutchess County. It is represented by Republican Mike Lawler. It was one of 18 districts that would have voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election had they existed in their current configuration while being won or held by a Republican in 2022.

Mondaire Jones was first elected in 2020 to succeed the retiring Representative Nita Lowey.[3] In the aftermath of the 2020 redistricting cycle, 18th district incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney announced his intention to run in the new 17th district instead of his existing seat; Jones subsequently opted to run in the 10th district to avoid a primary fight. However, Maloney lost to Republican Mike Lawler in the general election; Lawler subsequently became the first of his party to win this seat since 1981.[4] Lawler’s victory gained significant attention due to Maloney’s position as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Maloney became the first chairman in over 40 years to lose reelection.

The district has a significant Jewish population, including conservative Hasidic communities in Rockland County.

Wikipedia


Michael Vincent Lawler (born September 9, 1986) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for New York’s 17th congressional district since 2023. From 2021 to 2022, he was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly from the 97th district in Rockland County.

In 2024 he was ranked as the 4th most bipartisan member of Congress by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy Bipartisan Index.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Rockland County, Lawler graduated from Suffern High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Manhattan College in 2009.[2] Lawler was named valedictorian of his graduating class.[3] Lawler is of Irish and Italian descent.

Career

Lawler was a partner at the political communications firm Checkmate Strategies from 2018 until 2022. He previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino and executive director of the New York State Republican Party. Before winning his election, he served as deputy town supervisor of Orangetown, New York.

Lawler was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2020 for a two-year term, defeating Democratic incumbent Ellen Jaffee.[4][5][6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022

Lawler was the Republican nominee in the 2022 general election in New York’s 17th congressional district, having won the August 2022 primary. He narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent and DCCC chair Sean Patrick Maloney in the November general election in a major upset.[7][8][9]

Tenure

On January 4, 2023, Lawler called then-newly sworn Representative George Santos‘s conduct “embarrassing and unbecoming” and “certainly a distraction”.[10] On January 12, he called for Santos to resign.[11]

Lawler voted for Kevin McCarthy in the 2023 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election. McCarthy was unable to win the speakership on the first 14 ballots. Lawler said of the matter, “It’s time for everybody to unify. It’s time for everybody to move forward because the reality is the American people didn’t elect us to fight over rules.”[12]

On January 9, Lawler voted in favor of the House rules package.[13] Afterward, he gave his first House speech, in favor of a bill that would defund the IRS of the money allocated in the Inflation Reduction Act.[14]

Lawler was one of five Republicans to vote against the Parents’ Bill of Rights in March 2023, and the only Republican not part of the Freedom Caucus to vote against it.[15] He co-sponsored the bill, but decided not to vote for it after he said an unspecified amendment “went too far”.[16]

On June 21, Lawler voted with 212 other House Republicans in favor of the censure of Rep. Adam Schiff.[17]

Along with Claudia Tenney, Lawler introduced a bill to prohibit Washington, D.C. from adopting ranked-choice voting.[18]

For much of 2023, Lawler had a policy of banning television news cameras from his town hall meetings; he rescinded the ban in early 2024.[19][20][21]

Caucus memberships

Committee assignments

Political positions

Politico described Lawler as an avowed moderate.[23]

Abortion

Lawler personally opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is at risk, but also opposes a federal ban on abortion.[24]

Congestion pricing

In 2023, Lawler opposed a plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to enact congestion pricing in Manhattan, New York City, one of the most traffic congested areas of the world.[25] The plan would charge most cars $15 per day to drive in Manhattan below 60th Street. Lawler argued that the congestion pricing plan was not intended to reduce congestion, but was instead an “outrageous cash grab.”[26][27]

Personal life

Lawler lives in Pearl River with his wife, Doina, and their daughter.[28] Lawler is Catholic.[29]

Electoral history

New York State Assembly District 97, General Election 2020[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanMike Lawler26,52746.27+17.91
ConservativeMike Lawler2,6974.70
IndependenceMike Lawler3150.55
SAMMike Lawler3970.69
Total Mike Lawler 29,936 52.22
DemocraticEllen Jaffee27,35947.72-17.9
TotalEllen Jaffee (incumbent)27,35947.72
Write-in350.06
Total votes57,330 100.0
Republican gain from DemocraticSwing+35.81
New York’s 17th congressional district, Primary Election 2022
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanMike Lawler 11,603 75.8
RepublicanWilliam Faulkner1,77211.6
RepublicanCharles Falciglia1,3108.6
RepublicanShoshana David4442.9
RepublicanJack Schrepel1761.1
Total votes15,305 100.0
New York’s 17th congressional district, General Election 2022[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSean Patrick Maloney130,99945.6
Working FamiliesSean Patrick Maloney8,0832.8
TotalSean Patrick Maloney (Incumbent)139,08248.5
RepublicanMike Lawler124,14843.3
ConservativeMike Lawler17,5736.1
Total Mike Lawler 141,721 49.4
Write-in5,8852.0
Total votes286,688 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

References

  1. ^ “Congressman Lawler Ranked 4th Most Bipartisan Member of 118th Congress – Rockland Daily”. rocklanddaily.com. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  2. ^ “Mike Lawler – Assembly District 97 |Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly”. nyassembly.gov. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. ^ Michael Lawler Commencement Speech. Michael Lawler. January 24, 2020. Archived from the original on November 14, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Lieberman, Steve. “Elections Update: Reichlin-Melnick wins Senate seat over Weber; Lawler unseats Jaffee”. The Journal News. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  5. ^ i_beebe (December 7, 2020). “A new Republican in a Democratic world”. City & State NY. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  6. ^ Rocklandreport (November 28, 2020). “Mike Lawler Declared Winner in 97th Assembly District, Jaffee Concedes”. Rockland Report. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  7. ^ Gronewold, Anna (August 23, 2022). “Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney routs progressive challenger in heated New York primary”. POLITICO. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  8. ^ McKinley, Jesse; Fandos, Nicholas (November 9, 2022). “Sean Patrick Maloney Concedes to Mike Lawler in Major Loss for Democrats”. The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  9. ^ Mutnick, Ally; Ferris, Sarah; Gronewold, Anna (November 9, 2022). “DCCC chair Maloney concedes defeat in New York”. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  10. ^ Gans, Jared (January 3, 2023). “Incoming Republican rep: Santos a distraction to GOP”. The Hill. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  11. ^ Bellamy, Phillip Pantuso (January 12, 2023). “Lawler, Molinaro call on Santos to resign; Stefanik still silent”. Times Union.
  12. ^ ‘It’s a sad day for the American people.’ Rep. Lawler frustrated by lack of votes for McCarthy as House speaker”. News12 New Jersey. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  13. ^ “Roll Call 23 | Bill Number: H. Res. 5”. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. January 9, 2023. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  14. ^ Lawler, Mike [@RepMikeLawler] (January 10, 2023). “Tonight, I delivered my first floor speech, supporting the Family & Small Business Protection Act, which will repeal the 87,000 new IRS agents. We need to make New York and our country more affordable and shouldn’t use the IRS to target hardworking taxpayers. #CommitmentToAmerica https://t.co/sAp6k3kUWq” (Tweet). Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ “Roll Call 161 Roll Call 161, Bill Number: H. R. 5, 118th Congress, 1st Session”. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. March 24, 2023. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  16. ^ “Michael Lawler breaks GOP ranks, votes against ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ he co-sponsored”. www.lohud.com. Retrieved April 17, 2023.
  17. ^ “H.Res. 521: Censuring Adam Schiff, Representative of the 30th Congressional District of California”. Govtrack.us. Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  18. ^ “Congressman Lawler Introduces Bill to Stop Ranked Choice Voting”. Congressman Mike Lawler. Mike Lawler. May 25, 2023. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  19. ^ “Rep. Lawler bans media cameras from town hall meetings”. News 12 Westchester. December 18, 2023. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  20. ^ “Lawler continues media ban: Journalists kept from Congressional Town Hall in Westchester”. The Journal News. Retrieved December 19, 2023.
  21. ^ Wilson, David McKay (January 9, 2024). “In face of criticism, Lawler rescinds press ban at his Congressional Town Halls”. Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  22. ^ “Committees and Caucuses | Congressman Mike Lawler”. lawler.house.gov. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  23. ^ Anuta, Joe (December 3, 2023). “Speaker Johnson makes NY fundraising swing for battleground House races”. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  24. ^ Lawler, Michael V. “Mike Lawler: On abortion, I will always advocate for life | Opinion”. The Journal News. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  25. ^ “4 members of Congress form anti-congestion pricing caucus”. PIX11. March 16, 2023.
  26. ^ “Congressmen Mike Lawler and Josh Gottheimer slam congestion pricing as “money grab,” say it will wreck area small businesses”. www.cbsnews.com. December 4, 2023.
  27. ^ Bellamy, Lana (December 7, 2023). “Congestion pricing closer to reality after MTA vote”. Times Union.
  28. ^ “About Congressman Mike Lawler”. Congressman Mike Lawler.
  29. ^ “Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress” (PDF). PEW Research Center. December 2022. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  30. ^ “2020 General Election Official Results” (PDF). Rockland County Board of Elections.
  31. ^ “August 23 Federal and State primary results”. New York State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on December 3, 2022. Retrieved December 28, 2022.

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Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 97th district

2021–2022
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York’s 17th congressional district

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