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Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assemblymember for the 42nd District of the New York State Assembly. She is a Democrat. The district includes portions of East Flatbush, Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Midwood, in Brooklyn.

Rodneyse Bichotte
Member of the New York Assembly from the 42nd District
Assumed office
January 1, 2015
Preceded byRhoda Jacobs
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materBuffalo State College B.S.
SUNY Buffalo B.S.
Illinois Institute of Technology M.S.
Northwestern University M.B.A.
WebsiteOfficial website

Bichotte was the first Haitian-American to be elected to the State Legislature from New York City.[1]


Early life and educationEdit

Bichotte was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian immigrants,[2] and attended public schools, graduating from LaGuardia High School.[3] She has a B.S. in electrical engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a B.S. in mathematics in secondary education and a B.T. in electrical engineering from Buffalo State College, an M.B.A from Northwestern University, and an M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.[citation needed] She is also an alumn of the White House Project a leadership program created by Brooklyn College.[4]


Prior to public service, Bichotte was an engineer working in Japan and China.[citation needed] She is known as an avid traveler, and has traveled to seven countries on the continent of Africa, as well as several countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, including Israel.[5]

Bichotte serves as a Democratic District Leader for her district in Brooklyn.[6]

New York AssemblyEdit

In 2012, Bichotte opted to take on longtime Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, who despite fast-changing demographic shifts had won the 42nd District easily as a white, Jewish woman in an African-American, Caribbean community. Bichotte, who is of Haitian descent, challenged Jacobs in the Democratic primary, but lost to the incumbent 67% to 32%.

The following cycle in 2014, Jacobs decided to retire, and Bichotte announced her campaign for the Assembly. In a four-way primary, Bichotte won the nomination with 48% of the vote. In the safely-Democratic seat, she went on to win the general election with over 90% of the vote.[7]

Bichotte was sworn into office on January 1, 2015, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio administering the oath of office. On the Assembly, she serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).


  1. ^ Zagare, Liena, ed. (28 September 2017). "Little Caribbean v Little Haiti – Not So Simple To Designate A Cultural Area In Flatbush". BKLYNER. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Rodneyse Bichotte Becomes First Haitian American From NYC Elected To State Assembly". Haitian Times. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  3. ^ "Alumni Honored at Commencement". 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  4. ^ "Haitian American confident of winning 42nd AD". Caribbean Life News. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  5. ^ "Brooklyn, NY - Assemblywoman Apologizes To Jewish Community For Racially Tinged Comments Share Tweet Share Mail". Vos Is Neias. 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  6. ^ "Rodneyse Bichotte New York State Committeewoman District Leader 42nd AD". Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  7. ^ "Mayor de Blasio backs Brooklyn's Rodneyse Bichotte for NY Assembly". Daily News. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2016-01-18.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rhoda Jacobs
New York Assembly, 42nd District