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Max Rose (politician)

Max N. Rose[1] (born November 28, 1986) is an American Democratic politician serving as the U. S. Representative from New York's 11th congressional district, which includes all of New York City's borough of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. He defeated the incumbent Republican, Dan Donovan, in the 2018 midterm elections.[2]

Max Rose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDan Donovan
Personal details
Born (1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 32)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Leigh (m. 2018)
EducationWesleyan University (BA)
London School of Economics (MS)
University of Oxford
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service2008–2013 (active)
2013–present (National Guard)
RankArmy-USA-OF-02.svg Captain
Unit1st Armored Division
69th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

Rose served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013, where he was wounded.[3][4][5][6] For his service he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.[3]


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 28, 1986,[7] Rose attended high school at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, where he captained the wrestling team.[5] He subsequently received a degree in history from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in philosophy and public policy from the London School of Economics.[3][6]

Military careerEdit

Rose served nearly five years of active duty in the 1st Armored Division.[3] In 2012–13, he was a platoon leader in Afghanistan, where he was wounded after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northern Kandahar Province.[4][5][6] After completing Ranger School he earned the Ranger tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.[3] He serves as a company commander in the New York Army National Guard with the 69th Infantry Regiment.[5][8]

Post-military careerEdit

After leaving full-time military service, Rose served as Director of Public Engagement for Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson and, later, as Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit operator of medical clinics in Staten Island and elsewhere in New York City.[2][9]

Rose became involved in politics while a student at Wesleyan University; he worked as an intern for U.S. Senator Cory Booker while Booker was mayor of Newark, New Jersey.[10]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit


Rose ran in the 2018 Democratic Party primary for New York's 11th congressional district against five other candidates, winning with 65 percent of the vote.[10] In the general election he faced Republican Representative Dan Donovan, a former state prosecutor, and received endorsements from former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.[4] Rose defeated Donovan, 52.8% to 46.8%, a win widely seen as an upset as most ratings of the race considered it leaning Republican.[11]


Rose supports improving transportation infrastructure in South Brooklyn and Staten Island.[12] He favors lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 55, universal health care with a public healthcare option,[13] and expanding access to clinics for treating opioid addiction.[12] He also supports criminal background checks for gun purchases, and an assault rifles ban.[9] He believes that the United States should rejoin the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's Paris Agreement as a way to lower carbon dioxide emissions.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Rose and his wife, Leigh, were married in March 2018.[2] They reside in St. George, Staten Island.[13] Rose is Jewish.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New York City Campaign Finance Board Profile, Max N. Rose
  2. ^ a b c Foderaro, Lisa (June 29, 2018). "With G.O.P. Primary on Staten Island Over, Enter the Democrat". New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Prince, Cathryn (October 29, 2017). "Back from Afghanistan, Jewish veteran faces fresh battle for Congress". Times of Israel. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Runyeon, Frank (October 18, 2018). "Can NYC Democrats Flip Staten Island's House Seat Blue?". The Gothamist. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Matthews, Karen (October 15, 2018). "Max Rose joins wave of veterans aiming to flip the House". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Sanders, Anna (January 27, 2018). "Purple Heart vet sets sights on NYC's most conservative district". NY Post. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Max Rose (D)". Inside Elections. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  8. ^ Sanders, Anna (August 4, 2018). "Max Rose on leave from campaign trail to train with National Guard". NY Post Politics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Rose, Max (February 16, 2018). "Max Rose's Five-Point Plan For Reducing Gun Violence". KingsCounty Politics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "With G.O.P. Primary on Staten Island Over, Enter the Democrat". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "New York Election Results: 11th House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c Savitch-Lew, Abigail (October 17, 2018). "A Detailed Breakdown of the Rose-Donovan Debate for SI House Seat". CityLimits. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Max Rose for Congress". Retrieved October 29, 2018.

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