John Katko

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John Katko
John Katko.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Dan Maffei
Personal details
Born John Michael Katko
(1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 56)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Residence Camillus, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Niagara University
Syracuse University
Occupation Assistant U.S. Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

John Michael Katko (born November 9, 1962) is an American attorney and politician. A Republican, he has represented New York's 24th district in the United States House of Representatives since 2015. Prior to winning elective office, Katko was an Assistant United States Attorney who served as chief of the organized crime division at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse, where he helped to prosecute gang members under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.[2]

Early life and education

Katko was born in Syracuse in 1962, and is a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School.[3] He is of Slovak descent on his father's side.[4]

Katko attended Niagara University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and the Syracuse University College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor.[5] He is also a 1982 graduate of The Washington Center.[6]

U.S. Congress

Elections

He ran against Dan Maffei in the United States House of Representatives elections, 2014 and was declared the winner on November 4, 2014, by 20 percentage points – the largest margin of defeat suffered by an incumbent in the cycle.[7]

Katko is running for re-election in 2016. He is running unopposed in the Republican primary.[8]

Tenure

In May 2016, the U.S. House nearly unanimously passed one of Katko's bills, which formally establishes the Counterterrorism Advisory Board, a panel of top officials in the Department of Homeland Security who respond to and attempt to disrupt terrorism threats. The bill requires Homeland Security officials to work to share intelligence, operations and policy information.[9]

With eight bills passed, Katko has had more bills pass than any other individual in the 64-member freshman class elected in 2014.[10]

Personal life

Katko was raised in suburban Camillus, New York, where he resides with his wife, Robin Katko, and their three sons.[11]

References

  1. Harding, Robert (September 25, 2015). "'One of the greatest experiences of my life': Rep. John Katko reflects on Pope Francis' address to Congress". The Auburn Citizen. Retrieved 29 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Weiner, Mark (January 14, 2014). "John Katko, former organized crime prosecutor, seeks GOP nomination for Congress". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 29 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Profile, nationaljournal.com; accessed November 10, 2014.
  4. Weiner, Mark (March 25, 2015). "Rep. John Katko scores winning goal, named MVP in Congressional Hockey Challenge (video)". Syracuse.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Project Vote Smart – The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Simonetti, Kristin. "TWC in the House! (of Representatives)". The Washington Center. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "John Katko declared winner over Rep. Dan Maffei in race for Congress". syracuse.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Tumulty, Bruce (April 27, 2016). "Democratic primary will determine challenger to Katko". Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved 29 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Weiner, Mark (May 16, 2016). "House passes John Katko's bill to improve counterterrorism oversight". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 17 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Theobold, William (April 11, 2016). "Arizona's Rep. Martha McSally shows a knack for moving bills despite gridlock". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 17 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Meet John Katko: Career gang prosecutor talks of taking on 'knuckleheads' in Congress". syracuse.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Maffei
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Evan Jenkins
R-West Virginia
United States Representatives by seniority
404th
Succeeded by
Steve Knight
R-California