New Members 2010 - New York

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Date of birth: Feb. 2, 1970
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Residence: Staten Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Small-business owner, attorney
Education: M.B.A., Baruch College; J.D., New York Law School
Previous office held: None
Family: Single


Mike Grimm recaptured a seat representing Staten Island and part of Brooklyn that had been in GOP hands for 30 years before falling to Democrats in 2008. A Marine and Gulf War veteran, Grimm, 40, defeated Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon, and will become the lone Republican member of the New York City congressional delegation.

During the campaign, Grimm touted his military experience and his career targeting corruption as an undercover FBI agent. He won endorsements from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President George H.W. Bush, and was able to overcome division in the local GOP ranks following a competitive party primary. While McMahon compiled a centrist voting record in the House and opposed the healthcare law, Grimm targeted his record in the New York City Council, labeling him “Tax Hike Mike” in television ads.


Date of birth: Dec. 14, 1959
Birthplace: Chicago
Residence: Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Occupation: Ophthalmologist
Education: A.B., Princeton University; M.D., Cornell University Medical College
Previous office held: None
Family: Husband, Scott; two children

Nan Hayworth ousted two-term Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.) in November, a Democrat who first won his seat in a surprise upset of former Rep. Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) in 2006.

An ophthalmologist, this was Hayworth’s first run for political office, spurred by concern over the nation’s fiscal health and sagging economy. Hayworth’s victory marks a return of centrist Republican rule to the 19th district.

Hayworth was born in Indiana, the daughter of two World War II veterans. Her father served in the American Army and her mother was from England.


Date of birth: May 13, 1964
Birthplace: Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Residence: Kinderhook, N.Y.
Occupation: Retired Army officer
Education: B.A., Siena College; MPA and Ph.D., Cornell University
Previous office held: None
Family: Wife, Mary Jo; three children

Chris Gibson ousted Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) in a race in which Democrats were thought to have the edge despite spending from GOP-friendly outside groups and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

A retired Army officer, Gibson was deployed seven times over the course of his military career, serving four tours of duty in Iraq. The recipient of four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, Gibson rose to the rank of colonel before retiring to embark on his political career.

His last mission, just prior to his retirement, was to Haiti, where he worked on the humanitarian relief operation. His other military assignments included teaching at West Point and serving as a congressional fellow for Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).


Date of birth: Jan. 25, 1951
Birthplace: Utica, N.Y.
Residence: Barneveld, N.Y.
Occupation: Businessman
Education: B.A., Reed College
Previous office held: None
Family: Wife, Kim; two children

Richard Hanna won his rematch against freshman Democrat Michael Arcuri, who narrowly beat him in 2008. Born in Utica, N.Y., Hanna is the owner and president of Hanna Construction, a company that employs 450 people and has completed several multimillion-dollar projects in upstate New York. He also is a partner in the Gabriel Group, which operates an apartment complex in New York’s Mohawk Valley and has other business interests.

Hanna is an avid pilot and volunteers as a co-pilot with Angel Flights, a group that provides free transport to sick and injured people in need of long-distance transportation. He also has purchased and rebuilt the defunct Cooperstown-Westville Airport. Hanna is a member of the CATO Institute, the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association.


Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Birthplace: Auburn, N.Y.
Residence: Ononaga Hill, Syracuse, N.Y.
Occupation: Assistant New York State attorney general
Education: R.N., St. Joseph's School of Nursing; B.S., Lemoyne College; J.D., Syracuse University School of Law
Previous office held: Councilor at large — City of Syracuse, N.Y.
Family: Six children, 11 grandchildren

Ann Marie Buerkle defeated freshman Rep. Dan Maffei in New York’s 25th congressional district.

She received an R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and has worked at hospitals in New York City and Syracuse. She also served as an assistant school nurse for a number of years.

Aside from nursing, Buerkle received her law degree from Syracuse University School of Law. She has been an assistant New York State attorney general since 1997.

Buerkle worked for the New York State Commission of Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She has been an owner of a small business for more than 20 years.


Date of birth: Nov. 18, 1971
Birthplace: Joliet, Ill.
Residence: Corning, N.Y.
Occupation: Attorney, business owner
Education: B.A., Alfred University; J.D., Ohio Northern University
Previous office held: Mayor of Corning, N.Y.
Family: Wife, Jean; two children

Tom Reed, former mayor of Corning, N.Y., won the seat left vacant when former Rep. Eric Massa (D) resigned earlier this year. Reed, the youngest of 12 children, said he wants to reduce the national debt and fight for a strong military. Reed’s father, a veteran of two wars, died when Reed was young, so he grew up with a single mom.

Reed’s son has juvenile diabetes, an issue he said remains close to his heart. He has been an attorney in private practice for 10 years, and is a co-owner of several businesses involving real estate. He served as mayor for two years.