Claudia Tenney

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Claudia Tenney
Claudia Tenney, 115th official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Richard L. Hanna
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 101st district
In office
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2017
Preceded by David Townsend
Succeeded by Brian D. Miller
Personal details
Born (1961-02-04) February 4, 1961 (age 57)
New Hartford, New York, U.S.
Citizenship United States
Political party Republican
Children 1
Residence New Hartford, New York
Alma mater Colgate University
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Profession Lawyer, publisher, politician
Website House website

Claudia Tenney (born February 4, 1961) is an American lawyer, publisher, commentator and politician who represents New York's 22nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tenney previously represented the 101st Assembly District in the New York State Assembly for three two-year terms.[1][2] Before entering elected office, Tenney was an attorney in private practice and a small business owner; she also served as chief of staff and legal counsel to former Assemblyman David Townsend from 2003 to 2009.

Early life and education

Tenney is a native of New Hartford and the daughter of former New York State Supreme Court Justice John R. Tenney. She graduated from Colgate University in 1983 and received her law degree from the Taft College of Law at the University of Cincinnati.

Career before politics

Early in her career, Tenney was the only American employed by the Consulate General of Yugoslavia. She acted as intermediary between ABC Sports and the Yugoslavian government leading up to the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.[3]

Tenney was a co-owner of Mid-York Press, a commercial printing company started by her mother's family in 1946. Mid-York Press is located in Sherburne in Chenango County and employs about 80 people.[4] The original Mid-York Weekly's roots date back to the early 19th century, and it remains one of the oldest continuously running weekly newspapers in the country.[3] In 2017, Tenney established the Tenney Media Group in Clinton; there, she served as publisher and corporate counsel. Tenney Media Group published and printed free community newspapers founded by Tenney's parents and grandparents; these eight weekly newspaper editions—the Mid-York Weekly & Pennysaver—have a total direct mailed circulation of over 100,000 households throughout three counties in Central New York.

Tenney maintained a private law practice in Clinton. Prior to owning her own firm, she was a partner at the Utica area law firm of Groben, Gilroy, Oster and Saunders.[3] She served as chief of staff and legal counsel to former Assemblyman David Townsend from 2003 to 2009.

Tenney also has experience in broadcasting. In January 2001, she began co-hosting “Common Cents”, a radio and television program that airs weekly across Oneida and most of Herkimer County. In February 2010, Tenney began co-hosting “First Look” on WIBX 950 Radio.[5]

In 2009, Tenney ran for Oneida County Surrogate Court Judge. She ran as a Republican against incumbent Democrat, Louis Gigliotti. Tenney was defeated by Gigliotti, receiving 45% of the vote to Gigliotti's 55%.[6]

New York State Assembly

After Assemblyman David Townsend announced in 2010 that he was running for Oneida County Sheriff, Tenney decided to run for New York State Assembly. Tenney defeated Oneida County Legislator George Joseph in a Republican primary in September. With no Democratic or other opponents in the November 2010 general election,[7][8] Tenney won election and became the district’s first assemblywoman.[9]

Tenney represented the 101st Assembly District from 2011 to 2017. In 2012, The Conservative Party of New York State gave Tenney an award for being the most conservative legislator in the state.[10] In 2011, Tenney voted against the Marriage Equality Act.[11] Tenney voted against the 2013 gun control law known as the NY SAFE Act, which she described as an "assault on upstaters."[12]

In 2012, Tenney was one of 18 cosponsors of the Internet Protection Act.[13] The bill, which did not pass, would have required anonymous posts to be deleted by administrators of New York-based websites under certain circumstances.[14][15] The bill was intended to fight online bullying. Under the act abusive posts could be reported to site administrators would then verify the name and address of the poster; posters who failed to cooperate would have their posts removed.[16]

New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) claimed Tenney had missed 480 votes, which was the third-highest number of any Assemblymember, in 2014.[17] Tenney called the NYPIRG report a "hit job". She said, "I missed about 5 days of session all year. What people don't know is that we typically do half the bills we pass in an entire year in the last week. Most of them are one house bills and repeats.”[18] Tenney said the votes she missed were due to caring for her dying mother. Her campaign added she had a 96% attendance record while serving in the Assembly.[19][20] WRVO, a public radio station located in New York, fact-checked NYPIRG's allegations against Tenney and found that she had a 95% attendance record from 2011–16 and had missed just six percent of the votes taken during that period.[21]

According to Syracuse.com, "Tenney was a vocal critic of a revenue-sharing deal the resort signed with New York state in 2013, in which the Oneida Indian National won exclusive rights to run casinos in a 10-county region of Central New York." Later, a super PAC "with ties to the Oneida Indian nation" opposed Tenney's 2014 and 2016 congressional bids.[22] Tenney voted against the 2013 state constitutional amendment that authorized full-fledged casinos on non-Indian lands.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 U.S. House campaign

In 2014, Tenney announced that she was running for Congress in New York's 22nd District. She ran against incumbent Richard L. Hanna in the primary on June 24, but lost by 6 points, 47-53%.[24] Described as a "Tea Party favorite," Tenney reportedly challenged Hanna because "she believed he had abandoned his conservative principles during two terms in Congress. Tenney called Hanna a RINO (Republican in Name Only) who had become the third-most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives, based on his voting record."[25] During his congressional tenure, Hanna had voted against cuts to NPR and Planned Parenthood; supported same-sex marriage; co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; and opposed a ban on elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Hanna went on to win re-election in November, when he had no Democratic challenger.

2016 U.S. House campaign

Tenney announced her candidacy for New York's 22nd congressional district in the 2016 election on November 17, 2015. Hanna announced his retirement weeks later.[26] She was endorsed by the Conservative Party of New York State, the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, the Citizens United Victory Fund,[27] and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC.[28]

Retiring Rep. Hanna did not endorse Tenney.[29] She won a three-way Republican primary on June 28, 2016. She faced Democrat Kim Myers and Independent Martin Babinec in the November general election.[30] Tenney won the election, receiving 47% of the vote to Myers' 40% and Babinec's 13%.[31]

Congressional tenure

Tenney is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[32]

Corruption

In November 2017, Tenney announced that she had introduced the No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act, which would "close a loophole that has allowed corrupt members of Congress to collect federal pensions after they are convicted of crimes."[33]

Healthcare

On May 4, 2017, Tenney voted in favor of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that passed the House of Representatives and died in the Senate.[34] This bill would have rewritten many regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the elimination of the individual mandate and the removal of federal protections for pre-existing conditions in favor of high-risk pools.[35][36] Tenney also voted for a portion of the AHCA that targeted Medicaid funding by prohibiting Medicaid-related property taxes. The provision only applied to New York State, and only counties outside of New York City.[37][38] Tenney argued the overall bill would lower insurance costs, including insurance premiums and related taxes, for consumers.[37]

Internet privacy

In March 2017, Tenney voted to reverse the FCC privacy rule that blocked ISPs from selling customer browsing history without customers’ permission.[39][40][41]

Taxes

On December 17, 2017, Rep. Tenney voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,[42][43] which passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump.[44] The main provisions of the new law include a reduction of the top personal income tax rate from 39.6% to 35%, the elimination of the individual mandate created by the Affordable Care Act, the limitation of the state and local tax deduction to $10,000 of taxable income, an increase in the standard deduction, and a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.[45] The reduction of the corporate tax rate is permanent. The personal income tax cuts are temporary unless passed again in the future.[46] In October 2017, Tenney joined other Members of Congress and Ivanka Trump at an event to advocate for the doubling of the child tax credit;[47][48] this provision was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.[45]

Personal life

Tenney is a resident of New Hartford. She has one son, Wayne "Trey" Ralph Cleary III, who, in 2009 received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.[49] He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May 2013.[50]

See also

References

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
David Townsend
New York State Assembly, 101st District
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2017
Succeeded by
Brian D. Miller
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard L. Hanna
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Scott Taylor
United States Representatives by seniority
425th
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Ron Estes