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Max Rose (politician)

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

Max Rose
Max Rose, official 116th Congress photo portrait.jpg
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 33)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Leigh Byrne (m. 2018)
EducationWesleyan University (BA)
London School of Economics (MS)
University of Oxford
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2010–2015 (active)
2015–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 the War in Afghanistan, where he was wounded, from 2012 to 2013.[3][4][5][6] For his service he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.[3]

Early life and educationEdit

Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York.[7] His father is a medical laboratory executive,[8] and his mother is a welfare policy and social work expert and a professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY.[9] Rose is a fourth-generation New Yorker.[10] His paternal grandfather, a Russian Jew, left Odessa (then part of Russia, now part of Ukraine) for the United States when he was 14 years old.[10] His great-grandmother was one of Brooklyn's first female principals.[10] His grandmother was a teacher in Harlem for 40 years.[10] His sister is working towards a PhD in education at CUNY.[10]

Rose grew up primarily in Park Slope. He is Jewish, and celebrated his bar mitzvah at Union Temple of Brooklyn in Prospect Heights.[3][11]

Rose attended high school at Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, where he captained the wrestling team, and graduated in 2004.[5][12][13] He subsequently received a bachelor's degree in history from Wesleyan University, graduating in 2008.[14] 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.[15] He later earned a master's degree in philosophy and public policy from the London School of Economics,[3][6] and attended the University of Oxford.[16]

Military careerEdit

Rose enlisted in the US Army in 2010.[10] He served nearly five years of active duty with the US Army 1st Armored Division.[3] In 2012–13 he was a 26-year-old first lieutenant platoon leader fighting in the War in Afghanistan, when 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, the second-oldest unit in the United States.[5][17][10]

Post-military careerEdit

After leaving full-time military service, Rose served as Director of Public Engagement for Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson. Later, he served as Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit operator of medical clinics in Staten Island and elsewhere in New York City.[2][18]

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.[15] In the general election he faced Republican Representative Dan Donovan, 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 Donovan a slight favorite.[19] The 11th has long been the most conservative district in New York City, and since the 1990s has been the only one where Republicans usually do well. Rose is only the second Democrat to hold the seat since 1981.

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Political positionsEdit

Rose supports improving transportation infrastructure in South Brooklyn and Staten Island.[20] He favors lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 55, universal health care with a public healthcare option,[21] and expanding access to clinics for treating opioid addiction.[20] He also supports criminal background checks for gun purchases, and an assault rifle ban.[18] 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.[20] Rose urged the State Department to designate Ukraine's Azov Battalion (converted into a Ukrainian National Guard regiment) a Foreign Terrorist Organization.[22]

U.S. War in AfghanistanEdit

In March 2019, in response to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's view that "[Congress] could have leaned more on the larger role of other agencies (intelligence, state dept, diplomatic teams, etc) before Congress decided to invade a nation without a concrete end plan," Rose writes to New York Daily News:

"I believe it's long past time we end the war in Afghanistan, but I strongly disagree with the idea that the invasion [of Afghanistan] was wrong on moral or national security grounds ... After our city and country were attacked we were very clear with the Taliban—either they give up Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, or we would come and get them ourselves ... They chose to protect Osama Bin Laden, and they rightfully paid the price."[23]

Impeachment inquiry against Donald TrumpEdit

On October 2, 2019, Rose announced his support for an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's attempt to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 presidential election.[24] Rose was one of the last House Democrats to announce support for the probe.

Electoral historyEdit

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Max Rose 11,539 63.3
Democratic Michael DeVito Jr. 3,642 20.0
Democratic Omar Vaid 1,589 8.7
Democratic Radhakrishna Mohan 719 4.0
Democratic Paul Sperling 486 2.7
Democratic Zach Emig 249 1.4
Total votes 18,224 100.0
New York's 11th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Max Rose 96,850 50.4
Working Families Max Rose 3,894 2.0
Women's Equality Max Rose 1,079 0.6
Total Max Rose 101,823 53.0
Republican Dan Donovan 80,440 41.9
Conservative Dan Donovan 7,352 3.8
Independence Dan Donovan 1,302 0.7
Reform Dan Donovan 347 0.2
Total Dan Donovan (incumbent) 89,441 46.6
Green Henry Bardel 774 0.4
Total votes 192,038 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Personal lifeEdit

Rose and his wife Leigh Byrne (a fashion stylist) were married in March 2018.[2] They reside in St. George, Staten Island.[21]

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 December 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Matthews, Karen. "NYC Democrat Joins Wave of Veterans Aiming to Flip the House". NBC New York. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Max Rose, Democrat running for Staten Island’s congressional seat, is ready to serve" - Max Rose for Congress
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Back from Afghanistan, Jewish veteran faces fresh battle for Congress | The Times of Israel
  11. ^ "There Is A Rose In Staten Island" | Jewish Week
  12. ^ "Know Your Candidates: Max Rose"
  13. ^ "Purple Heart vet sets sights on NYC’s most conservative district"
  14. ^ The Wesleyan Argus | Max Rose ’08 Aims to Unseat GOP Incumbent in NY-11
  15. ^ a b "With G.O.P. Primary on Staten Island Over, Enter the Democrat". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rose, Max, (1986 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. US Congress. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  17. ^ Sanders, Anna (August 4, 2018). "Max Rose on leave from campaign trail to train with National Guard". NY Post Politics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Rose, Max (February 16, 2018). "Max Rose's Five-Point Plan For Reducing Gun Violence". KingsCounty Politics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "New York Election Results: 11th House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ a b "Max Rose for Congress". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "U.S. Congress Accidentally Boosted Ukraine's Far-Right". The Foreign Policy. November 1, 2019.
  23. ^ McAuliff, Michael. "Ocasio-Cortez says that U.S. invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 was a 'mistake'". Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  24. ^ Gross, Courtney. "Rep. Max Rose Announces Support for Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump". Retrieved October 3, 2019.

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