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Edward P. Ra (born November 4, 1981) is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 19th district, which includes portions of the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County on Long Island. A Republican, Ra was first elected in 2010.

Edward P. Ra
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 21st district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded byThomas Alfano
Personal details
Born (1981-11-04) November 4, 1981 (age 37)
Mineola, New York
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceFranklin Square, New York
Alma materLoyola College
St. John's University School of Law

Ra was born in Mineola, New York and raised in Franklin Square, New York, where he still resides with his wife Laura.[1] He earned a B.A. in computer science from Loyola College in 2004. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law in 2007 and LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008.[1][2] Prior to entering elected office, Ra served as the deputy town attorney for the Town of Hempstead, where the Town Attorney is his father, Joseph Ra. He was also a legal aide in the Office of the New York State Attorney General.[1][2]

In 2010, Assemblyman Thomas Alfano decided not to seek reelection, and Ra entered the race to succeed him. A competitive district on paper, Ra defeated Democrat Patrick Nicolosi.[3] Since his initial election, he has never faced serious opposition.[4] In 2018, Ra defeated Democrat Bill Carr 55% to 45%, his closest race since the 2010 election.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Edward P. Ra: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Voters Guide: Edward P. Ra". Newsday. 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY Assembly 21 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Edward P. Ra". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY Assembly 19 Race - Nov 06, 2018". Retrieved 2019-02-07.

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