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Brad Hoylman
BH Headshot (New Flag).jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded byThomas Duane
Personal details
Born (1965-10-27) October 27, 1965 (age 54)
Phoenix, AZ, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Sigal
EducationWest Virginia University (BA)
Exeter College, Oxford (MPhil)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Brad Madison Hoylman (born October 27, 1965) is an American Democratic politician from New York City. First elected in 2012, Hoylman represents the 27th District in the New York State Senate.[1]


Hoylman was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the youngest of six children of a public school teacher and a process systems analyst.[2] He attended West Virginia University, where he was elected president of student administration and graduated with honors. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received a Truman Scholarship. He then attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and received a master's degree in political science. Afterwards, he graduated from Harvard Law School[3] prior to beginning his non-profit career in affordable housing.

Hoylman served as general counsel for The Partnership for New York City, which represents New York City's business leadership and its largest private-sector employers.[4][5][6][7] Hoylman was also the chairperson of Community Board 2 in Manhattan[8] and the Democratic District Leader of the 66th Assembly District, Part A.[9] He is also Trustee of the Community Service Society of New York,[10] a former president of the Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats, and a former board member of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Tenants & Neighbors, Class Size Matters, and Citizen Action.[11]

In 2001, Hoylman ran for the New York City Council in the first district,[5] which includes Governor's Island and a portion of Lower Manhattan. He placed second in a seven-candidate race, losing to Alan Gerson.[12]

New York Senate

On June 11, 2012, Hoylman declared his candidacy for the 27th District of the New York State Senate, running for the seat of retiring State Senator Tom Duane. He won Duane's endorsement,[13] as well as the support of numerous local politicians and unions.[14] In the Democratic primary election held on September 13, 2012, he prevailed easily, winning 70% of the vote in a three-candidate field.[15] Hell's Kitchen activist and bar owner Tom Greco was his closest competition, winning 24% of the vote.[16] In the general election in November, he was unopposed.[17] Hoylman won the Democratic primary and general election in 2014,[18] 2016,[19] and 2018.[20] As of 2019, Hoylman is the only openly gay member of the New York State Senate.[21]

In December 2016, Hoylman sponsored legislation known as the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (T.R.U.M.P.) Act, prohibiting New York State electors from voting for a presidential candidate who has not publicly released at least 5 years worth of tax returns no later than 50 days prior to a general election.[22] Lawmakers in 25 other states followed suit in producing legislation to compel presidential candidates to release their tax returns.[23] A online petition in support of Hoylman's bill has since received nearly 150,000 signatures,[24] and the idea was praised by the Editorial Board of The New York Times.[25]

After the 2018 midterm elections, Hoylman was appointed Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.[26] In the majority, Hoylman passed multiple pieces of legislation including the Child Victims Act,[27] the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act[28] (or GENDA), and a ban on so-called 'gay conversion therapy.' [29] Hoylman also passed the TRUST Act,[30] which would allow certain Congressional committees to perform oversight by reviewing the New York State tax returns of senior government officials; members of Congress suggested this could allow Congressional committees to review Donald Trump's tax returns. City & State, a New York-based political news organization, characterized Hoylman as "the person behind state Senate’s progressive bills."[31]


Brad Madison Hoylman and David Ivan Sigal announced their marriage in 2013.[32] They live with their two daughters, Silvia and Lucy, in Greenwich Village.[33] Hoylman is Jewish.[34]

See also


  1. ^ "New York Elections 2012: Gillibrand, Jeffries, Meng Declare Victory As Obama Wins Reelection". Huffington Post, November 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Meet Brad". Brad Hoylman. May 20, 2015. Retrieved Sep 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "History of WVU". History of WVU. West Virginia University. October 10, 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-06-01. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Swalec, Andrea (May 1, 2012). "Community Board Chair to Run for Christine Quinn's Council Seat". New York Neighborhood News. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "New York City Campaign Finance Board: The 2001 Voter Guide". 2001 New York City Voter Guide. New York City Campaign Finance Board. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "About Brad Hoylman". NY State Senate. Retrieved Sep 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Partnership for New York City". Retrieved Sep 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Members - Community Board No. 2 Manhattan". Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "District Leaders". Manhattan Democratic Party. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  10. ^ "Community Service Society of New York - Board of Trustees". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  11. ^ "Brad Hoylman Makes It Official". Politicker. June 11, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  12. ^ "Election Board Nears Result For Advocate -". The New York Times. October 3, 2001. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Hoylman Receives Tom Duane's Endorsement". Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  14. ^ "Brad Hoylman Website - Endorsements Page". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  15. ^ "Brad Hoylman Wins Primary to Replace State Sen. Tom Duane" Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine., September 14, 2012.
  16. ^ "Brad Hoylman Claims Win in Primary". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  17. ^ "New York State Legislature". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  18. ^ Janison, Dan (June 8, 2014). "Much of New York headed for slow primary day". The New York Times.
  19. ^ "New York 27th District State Senate Results: Brad Hoylman Wins". New York Times. August 1, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Certified Results from the November 6, 2018 General Election for NYS Senate" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "New York to become 15th state to ban 'gay conversion therapy'". NBC News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "New York State Senator Will Try To Force Trump To Release Tax Returns Before 2020". BuzzFeed. December 5, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "More than half of states are trying to force Trump to release his tax returns". Think Progress. April 6, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  24. ^ "Senator Hoylman delivers petition in Albany!". Change. May 5, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  25. ^ "An Antidote to Donald Trump's Secrecy on Taxes". New York Times. December 12, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  26. ^ "Hoylman is appointed chair of State Senate judiciary committee". Town & Village. 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  27. ^ "They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y." New York Times. January 28, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  28. ^ "Transgender anti-discrimination bill passes NYS legislature, law would ban conversion therapy". New York Daily News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  29. ^ "New York to become 15th state to ban 'gay conversion therapy'". NBC News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  30. ^ "New York Senate Passes Bill To Allow Release of Trump's State Tax Returns". New York Times. May 9, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  31. ^ "Brad Hoylman: The person behind state Senate's progressive bills". City & State. February 6, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  32. ^ "Brad Hoylman and David Sigal". NY Times. February 24, 2014.
  33. ^ HARTOCOLLIS, ANEMONA (February 19, 2014). "And Surrogacy Makes 3". NY Times.
  34. ^ Benjamin, Liz (March 25, 2013). Why is tomorrow night different from all other nights? Capital Tonight. Retrieved April 16, 2013.

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