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Clerk of the New York State Assembly

The Clerk of the New York State Assembly heads the administration of the New York State Assembly. The outgoing clerk of the previous session presides over a new Assembly until a Speaker is elected. Subsequently a clerk is elected by the members of the Assembly. The clerk is the nominal author of the Assembly's legislative journals. The clerk appoints most of the Assembly's employees, like deputy clerks, assistant clerks, committee clerks, pages and janitors. Many clerks have been elected members of the Assembly, either before or after their clerkships.

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Name Took office Left office Party Notes
John McKesson September 1, 1777 January 7, 1794 Democratic-Republican
Oliver L. Ker January 7, 1794 November 1, 1796 Federalist
James Van Ingen November 1, 1796 January 25, 1803 Federalist
Solomon Southwick January 25, 1803 January 27, 1807 Democratic-Republican
Gerrit Y. Lansing January 27, 1807 January 26, 1808 Dem.-Rep./Lewisite
Daniel Rodman January 26, 1808 January 30, 1810 Dem.-Rep./Clintonian
James Van Ingen January 30, 1810 January 29, 1811 Federalist
Samuel North January 29, 1811 November 3, 1812 Democratic-Republican
James Van Ingen November 3, 1812 September 26, 1814 Federalist
Aaron Clark September 26, 1814 November 7, 1820 Dem.-Rep./Clintonian
Dirck L. Vanderheyden November 7, 1820 January 2, 1822 Dem.-Rep./Bucktail
Edward Livingston January 2, 1822 January 4, 1825 Dem.-Rep./Bucktail Assemblyman 1833, 1835 and 1837; Speaker 1837
Horatio Merchant January 4, 1825 January 3, 1826 People's Party/Clintonian
Edward Livingston January 3, 1826 January 1, 1828 Dem.-Rep./Bucktail Assemblyman 1833, 1835 and 1837; Speaker 1837
Francis Seger January 1, 1828 January 7, 1834 Jacksonian State Senator 1834–1837
Philip Reynolds Jr. January 7, 1834 January 2, 1838 Democrat
Jarvis N. Lake January 2, 1838 January 7, 1840 Whig
Philander B. Prindle January 7, 1840 January 4, 1842 Whig
John O. Cole January 4, 1842 January 3, 1843 Democrat
Henry N. Wales January 3, 1843 January 2, 1844 Democrat
James R. Rose January 2, 1844 January 6, 1846 Democrat
William W. Dean January 6, 1846 January 5, 1847 Democrat
Philander B. Prindle January 5, 1847 January 1, 1850 Whig
James R. Rose January 1, 1850 January 7, 1851 Democrat
Richard U. Sherman January 7, 1851 January 6, 1857 Whig Assemblyman 1857 and 1875–1876
William Richardson January 6, 1857 January 26, 1858 Republican
David Wilson January 26, 1858 January 4, 1859 American[1] Assemblyman 1852
William Richardson January 4, 1859 January 1, 1861 Republican
Hanson A. Risley January 1, 1861 January 7, 1862 Republican
Joseph B. Cushman January 7, 1862 January 1, 1867 Republican
Luther Caldwell January 1, 1867 January 7, 1868 Republican
Cornelius W. Armstrong January 1, 1868 January 5, 1869 Democrat Assemblyman 1858
Edward F. Underhill January 5, 1869 January 4, 1870 Republican
Cornelius W. Armstrong January 4, 1870 January 2, 1872 Democrat Assemblyman 1858
Cornelius S. Underwood January 2, 1872 April 30, 1872 Republican died in office
Edward M. Johnson May 1, 1872 January 7, 1873 Republican
John O'Donnell January 7, 1873 January 5, 1875 Republican Assemblyman 1864; State Senator 1866–1869
Hiram Calkins January 5, 1875 January 4, 1876 Democrat Clerk of the State Senate 1870–1871
Edward M. Johnson January 4, 1876 January 2, 1883 Republican
Walter H. Bunn January 2, 1883 January 1, 1884 Democrat
Charles A. Chickering January 1, 1884 January 6, 1891 Republican Assemblyman 1879–1881
Charles R. DeFreest January 6, 1891 January 2, 1894 Democrat
George W. Dunn January 2, 1894 January 2, 1895 Republican
Archie E. Baxter January 2, 1895 January 1, 1908 Republican
Ray B. Smith January 1, 1908 January 4, 1911 Republican
Luke McHenry January 4, 1911 September 17, 1911 Democrat died in office[2]
George R. Van Namee September 17, 1911 January 3, 1912 Democrat acting since September 6 while McHenry was ill
Fred W. Hammond January 3, 1912 January 1, 1913 Republican Assemblyman 1901–1909 and 1911
George R. Van Namee January 1, 1913 January 7, 1914 Democrat
Fred W. Hammond January 7, 1914 January 2, 1935 Republican Assemblyman 1901–1909 and 1911
Homer W. Storey January 2, 1935 January 1, 1936 Democrat
Ansley B. Borkowski January 1, 1936 February 9, 1965 Republican Assemblyman 1921 and 1924–1930
John T. McKennan February 9, 1965 January 8, 1969 Democrat State Senator 1949–1950
Donald A. Campbell January 8, 1969 February 1973 Republican Assemblyman 1951–1968; resigned
Thomas H. Bartzos February 1973 January 8, 1975 Republican acting in 1973[3]
Catherine A. Carey January 8, 1975 January 9, 1985 Democrat
Francine Misasi January 9, 1985 January 2001 Democrat

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  1. ^ OFFICERS OF THE ASSEMBLY in Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York in 1858 by William D. Murphy (p. 246)
  2. ^ LUKE McHENRY DIES in NYT on September 18, 1911
  3. ^ State news briefs in The Citizen–Advertiser, of Auburn, on January 8, 1974

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