Joseph D. Morelle (born April 29, 1957) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 25th congressional district since 2018. He was formerly a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 136th Assembly District, which includes eastern portions of the City of Rochester and the Monroe County suburbs of Irondequoit and Brighton. Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed him as Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly in January 2013. As such, Morelle was Acting Speaker in the Speaker's absence. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for New York's 25th congressional district in November 2018 following the death of longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 25th district
|Assumed office |
November 13, 2018
|Preceded by||Louise Slaughter|
|Majority Leader of the New York Assembly|
January 1, 2013 – November 13, 2018
|Preceded by||Ronald Canestrari|
|Acting Speaker of the New York State Assembly|
February 2, 2015 – February 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Sheldon Silver|
|Succeeded by||Carl Heastie|
|Member of the New York Assembly|
from the 136th district
January 1, 1991 – November 13, 2018
|Preceded by||Pinny Cooke|
|Succeeded by||Jamie Romeo|
|Born||April 29, 1957|
Utica, New York, U.S.
|Education||State University of New York, Geneseo (BA)|
Early life and educationEdit
Morelle was born in Utica, New York, and grew up in the town of Irondequoit, where he attended Eastridge High School. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo in 1986.
Morelle, a Democrat, made his first foray into politics at the age of 24 when he ran for a seat in the Monroe County legislature. He failed to unseat the incumbent on the first try, but prevailed in the 1983 election. He was re-elected once before running for the New York State legislature.
Morelle was first elected to the State Assembly in 1990. He ran uncontested in the November 2008 general election and won the November 2010 general election with 61 percent of the vote.
During his tenure in the State Legislature, among the more than 200 laws authored by Morelle are major reforms to the workers compensation system, laws to require carbon monoxide detectors in one- and two-family homes, toughen regulations governing charitable organizations, protect the elderly and infirm who live in nursing homes or receive home based health care, and raise senior citizens' real property tax exemption. Morelle sponsored bills to exempt veterans from certain state licensing fees, protect their gravesites, and assist them with regard to the civil service application process.
In January 2001, Morelle was appointed the Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development. He worked with area leaders to develop Rochester as a center for tourism and the arts in Western New York.
In addition to the Tourism Committee, Morelle's standing committee assignments included Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Higher Education; Local Governments; and Libraries and Education Technology. At his request, the Speaker created the Subcommittee on Manufacturing in order to give New York's manufacturing sector a greater voice in state government.
In 2005, Morelle issued a report, "Creating a State of Innovation: Unleashing The Power of New York's Entrepreneurial Economy," detailing New York's economic decline, particularly in Upstate, and offering numerous policy recommendations to reverse this years-long trend.
In 2005, Morelle was elected chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, and held this position until 2014.
In 1991, The Buffalo News reported Morelle was charged with 7 misdemeanor counts for violating state elections laws by improperly obtaining signatures for an election petition during his 1990 run for State Assembly. He was offered a plea to disorderly conduct on two counts. The signatures were for an Independence Party endorsement when he ran against Republican Mark S. Ogden. Morelle has never contested that he obtained the signatures in question fraudulently. A judge from the State Supreme Court ruled that he was in violation of election law, but he was nevertheless allowed to run on the Independence Party ballot.
House of RepresentativesEdit
After the death of Representative Louise Slaughter, Morelle announced he was a Democratic candidate for New York's 25th congressional district; he won the Democratic Party's nomination on June 26, 2018. On November 6 he was elected to congress with both the remaining time on Slaughter's term and the new two year term defeating Republican Jim Maxwell.
Morelle was sworn in on November 13, 2018.
- "Assembly Member Joseph D. Morelle (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- McKinley, Jesse; Kaplan, Thomas; Craig, Susanne (January 27, 2015). "Sheldon Silver to Be Replaced as Speaker of New York State Assembly". New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
- "Assembly District 132, Joseph D. Morelle: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "Morelle Narrowly Wins Over Ogden", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, pp. 8A, November 11, 1990
- "GOP Keeps Control of County Legislature", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, pp. 2A, November 4, 1981
- "Democrats Gain 2 Seats in Legislature", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, pp. 3A, November 9, 1983
- "Morelle Defeats His Challenger", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, pp. 3A, November 4, 1987
- "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012.
- "Assembly Election Returns: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 23, 2012.
- "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
- "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2013.
- "Morelle Officially Seeks Chair", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, pp. 2A, May 27, 2005
- "Rochester Assemblyman is Offered Plea Bargain", The Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York, December 19, 1991
- "Assemblyman Joseph Morelle to run for Louise Slaughter's congressional seat". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- "Joe Morelle defeats Jim Maxwell for Louise Slaughter's seat". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
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|New York Assembly|
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 132nd district
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 136th district
| Majority Leader of the New York Assembly
| Speaker of the New York Assembly
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district