Antonio Ramon Delgado (born January 28, 1977) is an American attorney and politician serving as the lieutenant governor of New York since 2022. He previously served as the U.S. representative from New York’s 19th congressional district. He is the first person of either African–American or Latino descent to be elected to Congress from Upstate New York.[1]

On May 3, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she had appointed Delgado to serve as lieutenant governor of New York after Brian Benjamin resigned; Delgado was sworn in on May 25, 2022. He is the first Latino to hold statewide office.[2]

Early life and career

Delgado was born in 1977 in Schenectady, New York,[3] to Tony Delgado and Thelma P. Hill.[4] He is of Afro-American,[5] Cape Verdean[6] and Afro-Latino ancestry.[7] Delgado has three younger brothers: Kito, Kendall, and Julian. He grew up in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady.[8]

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.[9][10] Delgado graduated from Colgate in 1999[9] and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at The Queen’s College, Oxford, from which he received a Master of Arts in 2001.[8] In 2005, Delgado graduated from Harvard Law School.[11]

After law school, Delgado moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and worked in the music industry.[11] In 2007, Delgado released a socially conscious rap album under the stage name “AD the Voice.”[12][13] He then worked as a litigator in the New York office of the law firm Akin Gump.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

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.[15]

During Delgado’s campaign, he criticized Faso for his votes against the Affordable Care Act.[16] Faso, alongside the Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Congressional Committee, launched attacks on Delgado’s former rap career,[17][18] commonly referring to Delgado as a “big city rapper.”[19] The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the attacks as “race-baiting.”[20]

Delgado won the general election, receiving 132,001 votes to Faso’s 124,408.[21][22] He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019.[23]

2020

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, an attorney and former trustee of the village of Millbrook, New York.[24] Delgado won the general election with 192,100 votes to Van De Water’s 151,475.[25]

Tenure

As of June 2022, Delgado had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[26]

Committee assignments

Lieutenant governor of New York

On May 3, 2022, after Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin resigned, New York Governor Kathy Hochul appointed Delgado lieutenant governor of New York.[28][29] Delgado was sworn in on May 25.[30] He appeared on the Democratic primary ballot in the 2022 election for lieutenant governor.[31] He won the primary election with 58% of the vote and will appear with Hochul on the general election ballot.[32]

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Antonio Delgado 8,576 22.1
DemocraticPat Ryan6,94117.9
DemocraticGareth Rhodes6,89017.7
DemocraticBrian Flynn5,24513.5
DemocraticJeff Beals4,99112.9
DemocraticDavid Clegg4,25711.0
DemocraticErin Collier1,9084.9
Total votes38,808 100.0
New York’s 19th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAntonio Delgado135,58247.1
Working FamiliesAntonio Delgado9,2373.2
Women’s EqualityAntonio Delgado3,0541.1
TotalAntonio Delgado147,87351.4
RepublicanJohn Faso112,30439.0
ConservativeJohn Faso16,9065.9
IndependenceJohn Faso3,0091.0
ReformJohn Faso6540.2
TotalJohn Faso (incumbent)132,87346.1
GreenSteven Greenfield4,3131.5
IndependentDiane Neal2,8351.0
Total votes287,894 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
New York’s 19th congressional district, 2020[25]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAntonio Delgado168,28148.0
Working FamiliesAntonio Delgado22,9696.6
SAMAntonio Delgado8500.2
Total Antonio Delgado (incumbent) 192,100 54.8
RepublicanKyle Van De Water151,47543.2
LibertarianVictoria Alexander4,2241.2
GreenSteve Greenfield2,7990.8
Total votes350,598 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Delgado married Lacey Schwartz in 2011.[4] In 2015, Schwartz made Little White Lie, a documentary film for PBS about being biracial.[8] Delgado and Schwartz have twin sons and live in Rhinebeck, north of Poughkeepsie.[9]

Delgado is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.[33]

See also

References

  1. ^ Solender, Andrew. “Democrat Antonio Delgado has defeated Republican incumbent John Faso”. Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Price, Michelle L. “Delgado becomes 1st New York Lt. governor with Latino roots”. ABC News. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
  3. ^ “Candidate Conversation – Antonio Delgado (D) | News & Analysis”. Inside Elections. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b “Lacey Schwartz, Antonio Delgado: Weddings”. The New York Times. September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ “U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado: Race and Identity in Politics”. Race at Work with Porter Braswell. Harvard Business Review. December 9, 2020.
  6. ^ “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.
  7. ^ Williams, Zach; Campanile, Carl (May 5, 2022). “Hochul running mate Antonio Delgado clarifies his ‘Afro-Latino’ roots after criticism”. New York Post.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b c Jim Schiltz (May 16, 2018). “Congressional candidate Delgado played basketball, too”. The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Solender, Andrew. “Antonio Delgado clinches Democratic nomination, makes history in NY19”. Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Hamilton, Matthew (June 5, 2017). “Democrat Antonio Delgado makes NY-19 bid official – Capitol Confidential”. Blog.timesunion.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  12. ^ “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.
  13. ^ Grady, Constance (September 12, 2018). “Republican TV ad criticizes Antonio Delgado’s rap career”. Vox. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Bragg, Chris (May 12, 2018). “Faso opponent new to the 19th District”. Times Union. Albany, N.Y. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Audrey Russo (June 27, 2018). “Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado declares victory in 19th District Democratic primary”. Utica, N.Y.: WKTV. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (November 6, 2018). “Democrat Delgado projected to unseat GOP Rep. John Faso in New York House district”. CNBC. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  17. ^ “House candidate’s ‘offensive’ rap lyrics called out in attack ad”. New York Post. August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ “A new attack ad says Antonio Delgado’s rap career is “offensive”. Vox. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ “Opinion | John Faso Is Race-Baiting His Opponent”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  21. ^ “New York State Board of Elections Unofficial Election Night Results”.
  22. ^ “Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado is Headed to Congress • EBONY”. Ebony. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Kirby, Paul. “Republican Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook joins race for 19th Congressional District seat”. Daily Freeman. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  25. ^ a b “2020 Election Results”. New York State Board of Elections. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  26. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  27. ^ “Committees and Caucuses”. U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado Representing the 19th District of New York. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  28. ^ DeLine, Jamie (May 4, 2022). “Congressman Antonio Delgado Chosen to Be Next Lieutenant Governor”. WTEN. Retrieved May 4, 2022. Although an exact date has not been set, Governor Hochul said he will be sworn in sometime this month.
  29. ^ Hochul, Kathy (May 3, 2022). “Governor Hochul Announces Appointment of Representative Antonio Delgado as Lieutenant Governor”. Governor of New York. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  30. ^ Reisman, Nick. “Antonio Delgado will be sworn in as New York lieutenant governor on Wednesday”. Spectrum News. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  31. ^ Mahoney, Bill; Gronewald, Anna (May 3, 2022). “Hochul picks Delgado to be New York lieutenant governor, taking him out of House race”. Politico.com. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  32. ^ Ferré-Sadurní, Luis (June 29, 2022). “Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado Fends Off Challenge From Left in N.Y. Primary”. The New York Times.
  33. ^ 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.

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