Michael Ranzenhofer

Michael H. Ranzenhofer (born August 15, 1954)[1][2] is an American politician from the State of New York. Since 2009, Ranzenhofer has been a Republican member of the New York State Senate from New York's 61st State Senate district.[4]

Michael H. Ranzenhofer
Member of the New York Senate
from the 61st district
Assumed office
January 2009
Preceded byMary Lou Rath
Member of the Erie County Legislature
from the 4th district
16th district (1989-2004)
In office
Preceded byRobert B. Anderson
Succeeded byRaymond Walter
Personal details
Born (1954-08-15) August 15, 1954 (age 65)[1][2]
Queens, New York[1]
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAmherst, New York[3]
Alma materSUNY at Albany
SUNY at Buffalo School of Law[3]
Professionlawyer, politician
WebsiteOfficial website


Ranzenhofer graduated from SUNY at Albany with a B.A. magna cum laude in 1976. He then earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law in 1979.[3] He is a partner at the law firm of Friedman and Ranzenhofer.[5] Ranzenhofer is a longtime resident of the town of Amherst, New York. He and his wife Sue have two children: Lisa and David.[6][3]

Ranzenhofer served in the Erie County Legislature from 1989 through 2008.[3] While a legislator, he has served as the Legislature's Majority Leader during the budget crisis with then County Executive Joel Giambra and Minority Leader. He served on the Community Enrichment Committee and the Human Services Committee. He reportedly considered a race for Justice of the New York State Supreme Court during his tenure in the County Legislature.[citation needed]

Ranzenhofer was first elected to the State Senate on November 4, 2008.[7][3]

In 2014, Ranzenhofer appeared on The Daily Show to talk about yogurt legislation in New York State, which the host called "absurd".[citation needed]

In December 2019, Ranzenhofer announced that he would not seek re-election the following fall.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "State Senate: Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I), District 61". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hill, David J. (October 19, 2010). "Senate hopefuls talk spending". Tonawanda News. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2010. Ranzenhofer, 56
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michael H. Ranzenhofer: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "New York Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer won't run in 2020". Democratandchronicle.com. 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  5. ^ a b "Senator Ranzenhofer announces his retirement". The Batavian. 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  6. ^ "Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  7. ^ Scott, Mark (November 5, 2008). "Lee Wins 26th District House Seat, Ranzenhofer Beats Mesi in State Senate Race". WBFO. Retrieved August 8, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Lou Rath
New York State Senate, 61st District