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Carmen De La Rosa

Carmen De La Rosa is the Assembly member for the 72nd District of the New York State Assembly. She is a Democrat. The district includes portions of Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights in Manhattan.

Carmen De La Rosa
Member of the New York Assembly from the 72nd District
Assumed office
January 1, 2017
Preceded byGuillermo Linares
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceInwood, Manhattan
Alma materFordham University B.S.
WebsiteOfficial website


Life and careerEdit

De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic but came to New York City with her family at a very young age, where they settled in northern Manhattan. She attended Mother Cabrini High School, before receiving her bachelor's degree at Fordham University in the Bronx. She has one daughter with her partner, Jose.[1]

Long interested in politics, De La Rosa was active in the Democratic Party and worked for the New York State Assembly, and later became Chief of Staff to New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez in 2014. In September 2015, she ran and was elected as a Democratic District Leader for the 72nd Assembly District.

New York State AssemblyEdit

In 2016, a whirlwind of open seats in Northern Manhattan Congressional, state Senate and state Assembly districts was spurred by the retirement of long-time Congressman Charlie Rangel. With Rangel's seat open, state Senator Adriano Espaillat, one of the nation's first Dominican-born elected officials, was seen as a front runner, spurring widespread excitement and support in the Dominican community for his candidacy. Along with his own campaign, Espaillat, following his victory in the Democratic primary over six other candidates, announced his support for Marisol Alcantara to replace him in the Senate, and for De La Rosa in the 72nd Assembly district.

De La Rosa's candidacy was significant because the 72nd District was not an open seat. Long-time politician Guillermo Linares was running for re-election, despite earlier running in the congressional primary against Espaillat and others to replace Rangel.[2] However, since in New York federal and state primaries are not held on the same day, candidates who fail to win their federal primaries can then run in the state primaries, as Linares chose to do. However, due to a long-standing feud with Espaillat, Linares was challenged by the Congressman-elect's new political machine.[3]

On primary day, De La Rosa would easily defeat Linares 53% to 38%, with a third candidate, Democrat George Fernandez, taking 10%.[4] She was unopposed in the general election and was sworn in on January 1, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Carmen De La Rosa". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  2. ^ "Battle for Charles Rangel's Seat Spills Over Into Assembly". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  3. ^ "Carmen De La Rosa launches candidacy for uptown Assembly seat -". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  4. ^ "Uptown State Assembly Candidate Releases Policy Platform - Washington Heights, NY Patch". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  5. ^ "Labor Union Endorses Candidate for Washington Heights, Inwood State Assembly District - Washington Heights, NY Patch". Retrieved 2017-01-04.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Guillermo Linares
New York Assembly, 72nd District