Current Position: US Representative for NY 27th District
Former Position(s): County Clerk of Erie County from 2012 – 2017; US Senator; Secretary of State from 2006 – 2007
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Interview with Rep. Chris Jacobs
Spectrum News, – September 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Western New York Rep. Chris Jacobs appears to have recently violated federal law by reporting more than a dozen securities trades after the required deadline.
According to a congressional financial disclosure report, Rep. Jacobs made 13 securities trades between Jan. 19 and July 16. He digitally signed the report on Sept. 3 of this year.
Federal law requires members of Congress to report trades within 45 days of the transactions. The report does say the notification dates were on Aug. 20, with the exception of one on Aug. 13.
Twelve of the trades were municipal securities, including things like the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation and the New York State Thruway Authority.
Jacobs’ spokesperson, Christian Chase, said the other transaction was a corporate-initiated spin-off the lawmaker had not requested and didn’t learn about until Aug. 13.
Source: Government page
Congressman Chris Jacobs was elected to the 116th Congress in July of 2020. He proudly represents New York’s 27th Congressional District encompassing Erie, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee, and Monroe counties.
He is currently serving on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on the Budget for the 117th Congress.
Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Chris served as a New York State Senator, Erie County Clerk, as a member of the Buffalo School Board. After college, Chris’ first job was working in Washington, DC for HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, the former Buffalo Congressman and Buffalo Bills Quarterback. Chris also founded the BISON Scholarship Fund to promote educational opportunity for Western New York students.
Chris is also a small business owner, working to revitalize Western New York communities and provide spaces for other small businesses to thrive. He is a graduate of Boston College, American University Business School, and SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Chris currently resides in Orchard Park, New York, with his wife Martina and his daughter Anna.
In addition to Congressman Jacobs’ committee assignments, he also serves on the following caucuses:
- House Rural Broadband Caucus
- House Northern Border Caucus
- House Maple Caucus
- House Photonics and Optics Caucus
- House and Senate Great Lakes Task Force
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Christopher Louis Jacobs (born November 28, 1966) is an American politician representing New York’s 27th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Jacobs served as the 62nd secretary of state of New York from April 2006 to January 2007. Beginning in 2012, he held the post of Erie County clerk, and he was a Republican member of the New York State Senate for the 60th district from 2017 to 2020. On June 23, 2020, he won a special election to fill a congressional vacancy in the 27th district. He was reelected to a full term in November 2020.
Jacobs is not seeking reelection in 2022, after receiving what Politico described as “rising backlash” from Republicans for supporting some gun control measures following the 2022 Buffalo shooting and the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Early life and education
Jacobs was born in Buffalo, New York, as one of five siblings. His family has long owned the Delaware North Companies and the Boston Bruins hockey team. Jacobs earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from American University and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School.
Before holding elected office, Jacobs served as deputy commissioner of environment and planning in the administration of Erie County Executive Joel Giambra. He also worked at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development under then-HUD Secretary Jack Kemp.
Jacobs serves on the Boards of Buffalo Place and the Freedom Station Coalition and was previously a board member at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Erie County Clerk
In 2011, Jacobs was elected Erie County clerk. He was reelected to the post in 2014.
New York State Senate
On November 8, 2016, Jacobs defeated Democratic nominee Amber Small for the 60th district seat. The district was formerly represented by Democrat Marc Panepinto. The campaigns were rare for their lack of rancor on the part of either candidate.
U.S. House of Representatives
- 2020 special
In May 2019, Jacobs announced that he would run for New York’s 27th congressional district in the 2020 elections. He initially planned to challenge incumbent Chris Collins in the Republican primary, but Collins resigned in October 2019 and pleaded guilty to insider trading charges.
- 2020 general
On the day of the special election, he also won a three-way Republican primary for the general election on November 3, in which he went on to win a full term by defeating McMurray a second time.
In January 2021, Jacobs objected to the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in Congress, basing his decision on what The New York Times called “spurious allegations of widespread voter fraud”. Jacobs’s vote came shortly after the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. On January 10, seven members of the New York State legislature signed an open letter calling on Jacobs to resign.
On January 13, Jacobs voted against both articles of impeachment in the second impeachment of President Donald Trump. On February 4, he joined 10 other Republican House members voting with all voting Democrats to strip Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House Education and Labor Committee, and House Budget Committee assignments in response to controversial political statements she had made.
On May 19, 2021, Jacobs was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
On May 28, 2022, during a press conference on the 2022 Buffalo shooting and the Robb Elementary School shooting, Jacobs said he would vote for bills banning assault weapons and “raising the minimum age for some gun purchases to 21”, explaining that the Buffalo shooting had “been a profoundly impactful event for me” and that he had rethought his stance on guns. Jacobs was endorsed by the National Rifle Association during his 2020 congressional run, at the time saying he was honored to receive the endorsement and vowing to serve as an “ally and fighter” for gun owners in western New York. Subsequently, Jacobs was admonished by some Republican politicians for his remarks, and Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, said he would consider challenging Jacobs for reelection in the Republican primary. On June 3, 2022, Jacobs ended his reelection campaign.
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- Ryan, Patrick (January 11, 2021). “Seven WNY lawmakers sign letter calling on Rep. Chris Jacobs to resign from Congress”. WIVB-TV. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
- “JACOBS STATEMENT ON IMPEACHMENT VOTE”. U.S. Congressman Chris Jacobs. January 13, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
- Foran, Clare; Diaz, Daniella; Grayer, Annie (February 4, 2021). “House votes to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments”. CNN. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
- LeBlanc, Paul (May 19, 2021). “Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission”. CNN. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
- Mendoza, Jordan (May 22, 2022). “Russia bans 963 Americans from the country including Biden, Harris, Zuckerberg. But not Trump”. USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
- Burke, Minyvonne (May 28, 2022). “GOP Congressman, former NRA endorsee says he would support ban on assault weapons in aftermath of Buffalo, Uvalde”. NBC News. Retrieved May 28, 2022 – via MSN.
- Zremski, Jerry (May 27, 2022). “Jacobs proposes gun safety measures after Buffalo massacre: ‘This has been a profoundly impactful event’“. The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
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- Congressman Chris Jacobs official U.S. House website
- Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- NY DoS release
- Appearances on C-SPAN
On the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Jacobs currently serves on the Subcommittee for Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credits, the Subcommittee for Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, and the Subcommittee for Nutrition, Oversight, and Departments.