Dan Donovan (politician)

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Dan Donovan
Congressman Daniel Donovan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
Assumed office
May 12, 2015
Preceded by Michael Grimm
District Attorney of Richmond County
In office
January 1, 2004 – May 12, 2015[1]
Preceded by William L. Murphy
Succeeded by Michael McMahon
Deputy Borough President of Staten Island
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2003
Preceded by James Molinaro
Succeeded by Edward Burke
Personal details
Born Daniel Michael Donovan, Jr.
(1956-11-06) November 6, 1956 (age 62)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Great Kills, Staten Island
Alma mater St. John's University (B.S.)
Fordham University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
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Daniel Michael "Dan" Donovan, Jr. (born November 6, 1956) is an attorney and elected official from New York City. He is currently the United States Representative for New York's 11th congressional district, winning the seat after his predecessor, Rep. Michael Grimm, pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges.[2][3][4][5]

Early life

Dan Donovan was born into a working-class Roman Catholic family in Staten Island, New York in 1956. His Irish-American father, Daniel M. Donovan, Sr., was a longshoreman and lifelong Democrat, his Polish-American mother, Katherine Bolewicz Donovan, was a garment worker.[6][7] He was raised in the Tompkinsville section of the borough.[8] He attended Monsignor Farrell High School, an all-boys Catholic school, graduating in 1974.[9] He went to study Criminal Justice at St. John's University.[8] After graduating from there he attended Fordham University School of Law, earning his juris doctor in 1988.[8]

Early career

In 1989 Dan Donovan became an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Robert M. Morgenthau.[10] He served in with the office of the New York County District Attorney under Mr. Morgenthau until 1996. Later that year Donovan became Chief of Staff to then Staten Island Borough President Guy V. Molinari.[11] He remained in that position until 2002 when he was sworn in as Deputy Borough President of Staten Island; he had been appointed by his immediate predecessor and the then new Borough President James Molinaro.[11]

Richmond County District Attorney

In 2003, twenty-year incumbent Democrat, William L. Murphy decided not to seek re-election. Dan Donovan announced his intention to run to succeed him. In the election he faced Chief Assistant District Attorney David Lehr and won with over 53% of the vote.[12] One of the key parts of his platform was to start the county's first witness protection program, and his office led the city's prosecutors with the highest felony conviction rate in many of the years since he took office.[13] He was re-elected in 2007 with over 68% of the vote, defeating local Democratic attorney Michael Ryan.[14] This was in spite of a last minute endorsement for his rival by longtime friend and mentor Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro; Molinaro was angered that Donovan had referred his grandson's case to a special prosecutor.[15] Donovan's tenure as DA has seen several high-profile cases, including the second conviction of Andre Rand, long suspected in a string of kidnappings on Staten Island.[16] In 2010, famed rapper Method Man pleaded guilty to attempted tax evasion and was forced to pay about $106,000 in restitution and penalties.[17]

Donovan became the focus of a national controversy surrounding the death of Eric Garner in 2014.[18][19][20][21]

2010 New York Attorney General campaign

On May 17, 2010, Donovan, a registered Republican, announced his candidacy for the New York attorney general election, 2010, becoming the front runner for his party's nomination.[22] In spite of this Bob Antonacci, Onondaga County Comptroller, announced his intention run for Attorney General.[23] Antonacci stepped aside and endorsed Donovan after earning forty percent of the vote at the 2010 Republican State Convention.[24] With a sixty percent win of the delegates at the convention and no primary opponent, Donovan became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.[25] A week prior he received the endorsement of the Conservative Party of New York.[26] He was defeated on November 2 by the Democratic nominee Eric Schneiderman.

U.S. House of Representatives

2015 special election

Donovan was selected as the Republican candidate for New York's 11th congressional district after the resignation of Michael Grimm. He defeated the Democrat, Vincent J. Gentile, and the Green Party candidate, James Lane, in the May 2015 special election.[5]

Tenure

Donovan was elected May 5, 2015 and sworn into office on May 12, 2015.[27]

Committee assignments

References

  1. "Chief ADA Daniel L. Master, Jr. Sworn In As Acting District Attorney" (PDF). Office of the District Attorney of Richmond County. Retrieved May 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Friedman, Dan (January 5, 2015). Michael Grimm officially resigns in disgrace. New York Daily News. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. Friedman, Dan (April 4, 2015). Democrats all but concede Rep. Michael Grimm's Congress seat to Republican Dan Donovan. New York Daily News. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  4. Jorgensen, Jillian (April 23, 2015). Daniel Donovan Raises More Than $600,000 for Congressional Election. New York Observer. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Shapiro, Rachel (May 5, 2015). Staten Island special election 2015: Dan Donovan wins Congress seat. Staten Island Advance. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  6. Gray, Geoffrey (September 19, 2010). "110 Minutes With Republican Attorney General Candidate Dan Donovan - New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. [1] Archived December 21, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 https://web.archive.org/20100710132803/http://www.dandonovan.org:80/meet_dan.php. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. [2][dead link]
  10. "Richmond County District Attorneys Office". Rcda.nyc.gov. January 1, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 [3][dead link]
  12. "Board of Elections in the City of New York". Vote.nyc.ny.us. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Advance File Photo (May 30, 2010). "Daniel Donovan swimming upstream in bid for state office". SILive.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Staten Island DA Donovan survives challenge". Nydailynews.com. November 7, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "S.I. Borough President Backs Ex-Aide's Rival". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. [4][dead link]
  17. https://web.archive.org/20100703024555/http://www.nydailynews.com:80/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/06/dan-donovan-versus-method-man.html. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Eric Garner Prosecutor Accused Of 'Doubling Down On Race-Baiting' In Congressional Campaign". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner's Killer Walk". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 8, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Daniel Donovan Gets Wary Welcome to Congress After Eric Garner Case". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Dan Donovan, prosecutor in Eric Garner death case, wins House seat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Wrobleski, Tom (May 17, 2010). Staten Island D.A. Daniel Donovan announces A.G. run, vows to fight corruption in Albany. Staten Island Advance. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  23. Mariani, Tom (May 17, 2010). Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan to declare attorney general candidacy in Syracuse. The Post-Standard. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  24. Knauss, Tim (June 2, 2010). Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan to declare attorney general candidacy in Syracuse. The Post-Standard. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  25. https://web.archive.org/20100809142333/http://www.nygop.org:80/page/new-york-state-republicans-nominate-dan-donovan-as-their-candidate-for-attorney-general. Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  26. Hornak, Robert (May 31, 2010). State Conservative Party Meets: Endorse Townsend, DioGuardi, Donovan, Wilson and (Surprise!) Rick Lazio. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  27. Katinas, Paula (May 11, 2015). "Donovan To Be Sworn Into Office May 12". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved May 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Molinaro
Deputy Borough President of Staten Island
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Edward Burke
Legal offices
Preceded by
William L. Murphy
District Attorney of Richmond County, New York
2004 – May 12, 2015
Succeeded by
Daniel L. Master, Jr.
as Acting
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michael Grimm
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

May 5, 2015 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ryan Zinke
United States Representatives by seniority
433rd
Succeeded by
Trent Kelly
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jeanine Pirro
Republican Nominee for New York State Attorney General
2010
Succeeded by
John P. Cahill