Barbara Lifton

Barbara S. Lifton[2] (born 1950/1951)[1] is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 125, which includes Tompkins County in its entirety, as well as the City of Cortland and towns of Cortlandville and Virgil in Cortland County.[3]

Barbara Lifton
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 125th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2020
Preceded byMartin Luster
Succeeded byAnna Kelles
Personal details
Born1950/1951 (age 69–70)[1]
Geneseo, New York[2]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Don[2] (divorced)[1]
ResidenceIthaca, New York[3]
Alma materSUNY Geneseo[3]
Professionteacher, politician
WebsiteOfficial website

She attended SUNY College at Geneseo, receiving a B.A. in English a teacher certification in 1973, and an M.A. in English in 1985.[3] Lifton was an English teacher in the Geneseo Central School from 1976 to 1982, then in the Ithaca public school system from 1985 to 1988. For fourteen years before entering the Assembly she served as the Chief of Staff to former Assemblyman Marty Luster. She also served for two years on the Cornell/Community Waste Management Committee.

Lifton was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2002.[3] She ran uncontested in the November 2008 general election[4][5] and won the November 2010 general election with 62 percent of the vote.[6][7]

Fellow assemblyman Joseph Morelle, the chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, attempted to recruit Lifton, among other candidates, in an effort to run against Republican Tom Reed for the vacant congressional seat formerly held by Eric Massa, who resigned in disgrace from the United States Congress, although Lifton lived outside the boundaries of that district. She had stated that she considered the overture, as she had long wanted to have a say in global issues, but ultimately chose not to run. She continued in the state Assembly until announcing she would not seek re-election in 2020.[citation needed]

Lifton resides in Ithaca, New York. She has two children and three grandchildren.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton facing Newfield's Tom Reynolds". Ithaca Times. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. Age, marital status: 59, single
  2. ^ a b c "Assembly Member Barbara S. Lifton (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Assembly District 125, Barbara Lifton: Biography". New York State Assembly. Archived from the original on November 16, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11.
  5. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-23.
  6. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15.
  7. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2013.

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New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Martin Luster
New York State Assembly, 125th District
Succeeded by
Anna Kelles