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Chris Jacobs (politician)

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Chris Jacobs
Chris Jacobs (NY-27).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
Assumed office
July 21, 2020
Preceded byChris Collins
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 60th district
In office
January 1, 2017 – July 20, 2020
Preceded byMarc Panepinto
Succeeded bySean Ryan (elect)
9th County Clerk of Erie County
In office
January 1, 2012 – January 1, 2017[1]
Preceded byKathy Hochul
Succeeded byMickey Kearns
62nd Secretary of State of New York
In office
April 19, 2006 – January 1, 2007
GovernorGeorge Pataki
Preceded byFrank Milano (acting)
Succeeded byLorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Member of the
Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education
from the at-large district
In office
July 2004 – November 2011
Preceded byDonald Van Every
Succeeded byBarbara Seals-Nevergold
Personal details
Born (1966-11-28) November 28, 1966 (age 53)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martina Jacobs[2]
EducationBoston College (BA)
American University (MA)
University at Buffalo (JD)

Christopher L. Jacobs (born November 28, 1966) is an American politician representing New York's 27th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since July 21, 2020. A Republican, 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. Jacobs was a 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 won re-election in the 2020 General Elections.

Early life and education

Jacobs was born in Buffalo, New York as one of five siblings.[3] He is a member of the Jacobs family, which has long owned the Delaware North Companies and the Boston Bruins hockey team.[4] 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.[5]

Early career

Prior to holding elected office, Jacobs served as Deputy Commissioner of Environment and Planning in the administration of Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.[4] Jacobs also worked at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development under then-HUD Secretary Jack Kemp.[6]

Jacobs served on the Buffalo Board of Education;[7] he was elected as an at-large member in 2004 and was re-elected in 2009.[8][better source needed]

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.[8]

On April 19, 2006, Jacobs was appointed as New York Secretary of State by Governor George Pataki.[9]

Erie County Clerk

In 2011, Jacobs was elected Erie County Clerk. He was re-elected to the post in 2014.[8]

New York State Senate

In February 2006, Jacobs was the Republican nominee in a special election for the State Senate for a seat representing Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Jacobs was defeated by Democrat Marc Coppola.[10]

On November 8, 2016, Jacobs defeated Democrat Amber Small for the 60th District State Senate seat. The district was formerly represented by Democrat Marc Panepinto, with Jacobs' victory contributing to the New York State Senate Republican majority.[11]

Jacobs won re-election in 2018.[12] He resigned his seat on July 20, 2020 after being elected to Congress.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives

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.[14][15] However, Collins resigned in October 2019 and pleaded guilty to insider trading charges.[16]

During the campaign, Jacobs faced allegations that he changed his voter registration to a home in Orchard Park, which is in the 27th district, when he did not actually live there. In response, Jacobs claimed that he had moved to Orchard Park in June 2019 and closed on the purchase of his home in September.[17]

Jacobs defeated Nate McMurray, 50.7%-45.6%,[18] in a special election on June 23, 2020 for the balance of Collins' fourth term.[19] On the same day, he won a three-way Republican primary[20] and will again face McMurray in the 2020 general election.[21] Jacobs was sworn in as a member of Congress on July 21, 2020.[22]


  1. ^ "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Retro Member details".
  2. ^ "NY Republican Chris Jacobs sworn in as newest House member". Star Tribune. July 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Rey, Jay (October 31, 2018). "Chris Jacobs has edge in money, incumbency over Carima El-Behairy in State Senate race". The Buffalo News. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "State GOP Hinges on Chris Jacobs". The Public. October 12, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Jacobs, McMurray vie for 27th District seat". Lockport Union Sun & Journal. June 19, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Heaney, Jim (September 22, 2012). "Interview: Chris Jacobs". Investigative Post. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jacobs will be sworn in as congressman today". Orleans Hub. July 21, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "About Chris Jacobs". New York Senate. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jacobs Dodges on Trump, Flanagan". Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "2006 Election Results | New York State Board of Elections".
  11. ^ "Chris Jacobs Defeats Amber Small in 60th Senate District Race". November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 60 Race - Nov 06, 2018". Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chris Jacobs to be sworn in Tuesday". Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. July 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chris Jacobs calls Collins ineffective; will run against him in 2020". Buffalo News. May 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "State Senator Chris Jacobs Is Running For New York's 27th Congressional Seat". State of Politics. May 17, 2019. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ex-Rep. Chris Collins Pleads Guilty in Insider Trading Case". U.S. News & World Report. October 1, 2019.
  17. ^ Howard B. Owens (June 18, 2020). "Jacobs, opponents for NY-27 wrangle over his residency last time he voted". The Batavian.
  18. ^ "June 2020 Special Election Results" (PDF).
  19. ^ McKinley, Jesse (June 24, 2020). "Republicans Retain House Seat in Special Election in Western N.Y." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "Parlato concedes in primary, but McMurray calls for every vote to be counted in NY-27 special election after Jacobs declares victory". June 24, 2020.
  21. ^ Sherwood, Julie (July 21, 2020). "McMurray supporters rally to win in November". MPNnow.
  22. ^ "NY Republican Chris Jacobs sworn in as newest House member". AP NEWS. July 21, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Hochul
Clerk of Erie County
Succeeded by
Mikey Kearns
Preceded by
Frank Milano
Secretary of State of New York
Succeeded by
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Marc Panepinto
Member of the New York Senate
from the 60th district

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chris Collins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Tiffany
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Eleanor Holmes Norton
as U.S. Delegate
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