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Kevin Parker (New York politician)

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Kevin Parker
Member of the New York Senate from the 21st District
Assumed office
January 1, 2003
Preceded byCarl Kruger
Personal details
Born (1967-03-06) March 6, 1967 (age 52)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materPenn State University (B.S.)
New School for Social Research (M.S.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Kevin Parker (born March 6, 1967) is member of the New York State Senate representing the 21st district, which comprises portions of the neighborhoods East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn. Parker is a Democrat, and was first elected in 2002.

Early life

Parker is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He attended P.S. 193, Andries Hudde I.S. 240, and Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York. He has a B.S. in Public Service from Penn State University and an M.S. from the New School for Social Research's Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.[1][better source needed]


Prior to serving in elected office, Parker held a number of different public sector roles, including Special Assistant to former Comptroller H. Carl McCall,[2] a New York City Urban Fellow,[3] Special Assistant to former Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate Ruth Messinger,[4] and legislative aide to former City Councilwoman Una Clarke.[5][better source needed]

Parker also served as a Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, and as a consultant to Paine Webber. In addition to his work in the State Senate, Parker is also a professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at several colleges within the City University of New York system, including Brooklyn College; he is also a faculty advisor to student organizations at Brooklyn College.[6][better source needed]

In 2001, Parker ran unsuccessfully for the New York City Council.[7][better source needed]

New York State Senate


In 2002, Parker defeated former City Councilman Noach Dear in a tightly-contested Democratic primary for a newly drawn, open State Senate seat in Brooklyn.[8] He won the 2002 general election and was elected to the Senate for the first time.[9]

In the 2008 Democratic primary, Parker held off a strong challenge from New York City Councilmembers Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart; he won the primary with less than 50% of the vote.[10]

In 2012, Parker's district was redrawn and became a majority African American district.[11]

As of 2019, Parker had run unopposed since 2012.[12][better source needed] After Democrats won the Senate majority in the 2018 elections, Parker was named Chair of the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications.[13] As of March 2019, Parker serves as Majority Whip.[14]


On June 24, 2011, the State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act.[15] Parker voted in favor of the legislation,[16] which was signed into law that evening; however, he stormed off the Senate floor in protest because he was not allowed to speak on the bill.[15] According to Parker, Senate Democrats had previously been informed that each Senator would have two minutes to explain his or her vote.[17] Sen. Parker added that the doors to the Senate chamber were locked on the evening of June 24 to prevent senators from leaving the chamber when the bill was voted upon.[17]

On January 22, 2019, the State Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act. Parker voted in favor of the bill.[18] Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law.[19]

On May 20, 2019, the State Senate passed a Parker-sponsored bill that would ban undetectable firearms.[20]

On July 27, 2019, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo signed into law Parker-sponsored bill S5024A the "Reuniting Families Act" prioritizing keeping the children of New York with their families and out of the public welfare system.

Controversies, altercations, and legal troubles

Traffic citation assault

In January 2005, Parker was arrested after punching a traffic agent in the face during a dispute over a traffic citation that he had been issued. He was subsequently charged with third degree assault, a misdemeanor. The charges were dropped after he agreed to take anger management classes.[21][22]

Aide assault

In 2008, an aide filed charges against Parker, claiming he pushed her during an argument and smashed her glasses.[21]

Photographer assault

On May 8, 2009, Parker was charged with felony criminal mischief for attacking a New York Post photographer and damaging the photographer's camera and car door. According to prosecutors, the photographer's finger was broken in the alleged attack.[23] Parker was charged with a felony due to the value of damage to the camera and car door.[24] As a result, he was stripped of his leadership position as majority whip and chair of the Energy Committee.[25] Parker was convicted of a misdemeanor charge, criminal mischief, and on March 21, 2011 was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine.[26] Had he been convicted of the felonies, he would have automatically lost his seat in the Senate, and the Senate had already expelled Hiram Monserrate for misdemeanor charges earlier in the year. The Senate Democrats expressed an unwillingness to expel Parker as they had Monserrate.[27]

Attacks on colleagues

In February 2010, Parker was restrained by his colleagues during a profane tirade against Senator Diane Savino in which Parker referred to Savino as a "bitch".[28]

In April 2010, Parker launched into an outburst while colleague John DeFrancisco (R) of Syracuse was questioning a black nominee for the New York State Power Authority. Parker objected to DeFrancisco's questions and asserted that he had never seen a white nominee treated in similar fashion.[29] "Amid the nearly two-minute tirade, committee chairman Carl Kruger told Parker he would be removed from the hearing room if he didn't settle down."[29] Parker has accused his colleagues of racism, and followed up in a radio interview by accusing his Republican "enemies" of being white supremacists.[21] Following the tirade, Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. (D-Bronx) was quoted as saying that Parker "need[ed] help."[29]

'Kill Yourself' tweet

In December 2018, Parker allegedly blocked a bike lane with a car using his official parking placard, but a different license plate. When questioned about the incident on Twitter, he replied, "Kill yourself!"[30][31] Incoming Senate President Andrea Stewart-Cousins expressed her "disappointment" at Parker's action.[32]

Other incidents

In an April 2019 closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats, an argument between Parker and Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D) occurred; Parker reportedly "ripped off his tie and threw it down in a rage".[33][34]

See also


  1. ^ "Senator Kevin S. Parker, New York State Senate | MD DC DE VA Solar Energy Industries Association". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "Legislative Report with Senator Parker: Interview with H. Carl McCall". NY State Senate. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Kevin S. Parker". MIT CoLab. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ Wilson, Michael (2005-01-21). "Senator Is Accused of Punching a Traffic Agent Over a Ticket". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American history". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "About Kevin S. Parker". NY State Senate.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 45 - D Primary Race - Sep 25, 2001". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 21 - D Primary Race - Sep 10, 2002". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ "NY State Senate Bill S1823". NY State Senate. October 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Confessore, Nicholas; Hicks, Jonathan P. (September 10, 2008). "Silver Sidesteps a Challenge, but Other Incumbents Fall in Primary". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Tracy, Thomas. "Simcha Felder beats state Sen. David Storobin at the polls". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Kevin Parker". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  13. ^ "With Democrats in power, Brooklyn state senators to lead committees". Brooklyn Eagle. 12 December 2018.
  14. ^ a_henning (18 March 2019). "Making sense of the legislative pecking order". CSNY.
  15. ^ a b New York Times: Nicholas Confessore and Michael Barbaro, "New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law," June 24, 2011, accessed June 25, 2011
  16. ^ "FINALLY: NY State Senate Passes Gay Marriage". Gothamist. June 24, 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Why Sen. Kevin Parker Got Mad". 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  18. ^ Leonhardt, Andrea (January 24, 2019). "NY Senate Passes Historic Reproductive Health Act to Protect Roe..."
  19. ^ "Abortion in America: How does NY's law compare to Alabama's law?". Pressconnects.
  20. ^ "State Legislature passes ban on 'undetectable guns'". Newsday.
  21. ^ a b c "NY Senator: 'You Racist People In Here'". Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  22. ^ Carl Campanile; Max Jaeger (18 December 2018). "State Sen. Kevin Parker tells GOP rep to 'kill yourself' on Twitter". New York Post. Retrieved 19 December 2018. Parker — who was forced to undergo anger-management treatment after bashing a traffic cop in 2005
  23. ^ "Convicted NY State Senator Loses 1 Leader Post". January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  24. ^ Gendar, Alison; Lovett, Ken; Standora, Leo (May 8, 2009). "State Senator Kevin Parker busted over tussle with photographer". New York: Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  25. ^ Baker, Al (May 10, 2009). "After Arrest, a State Senator Loses His Leadership Posts". The New York Times.
  26. ^ Gorta, William J. (March 21, 2011). "State Sen. Parker sentenced to probation for attacking Post photographer". New York Post.
  27. ^ "Sampson sees no Monserrate-Parker parallels". December 7, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  28. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (February 11, 2010). "Another Senate brawl in Albany: Sen. Kevin Parker charges towards then curses out female colleague". Daily News. New York.
  29. ^ a b c Katz, Celeste; Lovett, Kenneth (April 28, 2010). "Elliptical vs. treadmill: Which will give you the better workout?". Daily News. New York.
  30. ^ Mills Rodrigo, Chris (January 18, 2018). "NY state senator tweets 'kill yourself' at user who called him out over parking placard". The Hill. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  31. ^ BENJAMIN FEARNOW (18 December 2018). "'KILL YOURSELF!': NEW YORK STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER APOLOGIZED FOR TWEET OVER PARKING SPOT". Newsweek. Retrieved 19 December 2018. Parker responded with an irrational demand that she kill herself before he offered a weak Twitter apology using his verified account. But less than an hour after the apology, Parker continued his criticism of Giove.
  32. ^ "Dem. State Senator Slammed For 'Kill Yourself!' Tweet To GOP Aide". WLNY-TV CBS. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018. The Senate’s incoming leader, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said she was “disappointed” by Parker’s Tweet.
  33. ^ "Nasty Fight Erupts Between State Senate Democrats".
  34. ^ "[Updates] State Senator From Brooklyn Kevin Parker Tells Woman 'Kill Yourself!' In Response To Parking Placard Tweet". Gothamist. December 18, 2018.

External links

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Carl Kruger
New York State Senate, 21st District
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