MICHAEL ROBERT "MIKE" MCNULTY (born September 16, 1947) is a retired
politician from the
* 1 Early life, education, and early political career * 2 New York Assembly
* 3 U.S. House of Representatives
* 3.1 Elections * 3.2 Tenure * 3.3 Committee assignments
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND EARLY POLITICAL CAREER
McNulty was born in
Troy, New York
Michael McNulty worked as an insurance broker prior to entering politics. He was first elected to public office in November 1969 as Green Island's town supervisor ; at 22, he was the youngest town supervisor in the state. In 1976, he ran for a seat in the New York State Assembly in the 106th Assembly District. He lost to Republican incumbent Neil Kelleher 55%-46%. A year later, he succeeded his father as chairman of the Green Island Democratic Party and was also elected as mayor of the village of Green Island, a post he held until 1982.
NEW YORK ASSEMBLY
After redistricting in 1982, Assemblyman Neil W. Kelleher , of the old 106th District, ran in the new 100th Assembly District, and McNulty ran in the new 106th. McNulty was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 1988, sitting in the 185th , 186th and 187th New York State Legislatures .
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
In 1988, U.S. Congressman
Samuel S. Stratton
In 2004, he was challenged by Republican /Libertarian Warren Redlich , who would later run for governor in 2010. McNulty faced Redlich again in 2006, and was reelected with 78% of the vote - his widest margin. . He also had a primary challenge in 1996 by Lee H. Wasserman, in which he won by a closer margin than he ever had in the general election.
In October 2007, McNulty announced that he would not seek an 11th
term in Congress.
McNulty is a moderate Democrat by New York standards. He voted for
the War in Iraq, but since changed his stance and cosponsored
McNulty was known for keeping a fairly low profile in the House; he
said on numerous occasions that he had no plans to run for leadership
posts or seek higher office, because he wanted to have more time to be
with his grandchildren. He was known for being relatively quiet and
not saying much on the floor;
McNulty presided over a vote to recommit an agricultural
appropriations bill on the night of August 2, 2007 that would have
prevented illegal immigrants from receiving food stamps. McNulty
claimed the vote tied 214-214 with members changing their votes after
time had expired, McNulty gaveled down a vote and tallied it 212-216
against the motion, while Republicans argued the House screen tally
vote was 215-213 in favor to recommit. Republicans chanted "Shame" and
later walked out of the House in protest. McNulty and Steny Hoyer
apologized on the floor the next morning for prematurely gaveling down
the vote. In May 2008, a bipartisan investigation panel including Bill
He was consistently endorsed by both the Conservative Party and the
Working Families Party
McNulty received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute 's 2005 Scorecard on middle-class issues.
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* ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=178862
* ^ Rick Karlin, McNulty won't run again: 10-term congressman plans
announcement; move creates wide-open race for seat, October 26, 2007 .
Accessed October 26, 2007.
* ^ The Associated Press, McNulty retiring from Congress, Democrats
say, The Legislative Gazette, October 29, 2007, p. 9.
* ^ Press Release, Congressman Michael R. McNulty, McNulty:"I'm
Coming Home". Available from lisa.blumenstock(at)mail.house.gov as of
October 29, 2007.
* ^ All Politics Is Local Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback
Machine ., Elizabeth Benjamin,
Albany Times Union