NYU Law alumni win races in November 2020 election

This fall, as a hotly contested presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden inspired record voter turnout, down the ballot a range of NYU Law graduates were elected to public office around the country.

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Three Law School alumni serving in the US House of Representatives won reelection: Diana DeGette ’82, of the first congressional district of Colorado, which includes Denver and nearby suburbs; Hakeem Jeffries ’97, of New York’s eighth congressional district, in Brooklyn and Queens; and Scott Peters ’84, of California’s 52nd congressional district, in San Diego. DeGette has represented her district since 1997. Both Jeffries and Peters were first elected to Congress in 2012. In addition, MSCRS candidate William Timmons IV ’21 was elected to a second Congressional term, representing South Carolina's fourth district, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg. 

Bob Ferguson ’95 won reelection as attorney general of Washington state, an office he has held since 2013, and Michigan Chief Justice Bridget McCormack ’91 was elected to a second term on the state Supreme Court. McCormack was first elected to the court in 2012 and became chief justice in 2019.

In other state races, Thomas Abinanti ’72 was reelected to the New York State Assembly, representing District 92, which includes parts of Westchester County. He has served in that seat since 2011. Todd Kaminsky ’03, was reelected as a New York state senator for District 9, in Long Island. He was first elected in a special election in April 2016. Brandon Lofton ’05 was elected to a second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives for District 104, in Charlotte. In Montana, Danny Tenenbaum ’15 was elected to the state House of Representatives, representing District 95, in Missoula.

Mimi Rocah ’97, a former assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, was elected as district attorney in New York’s Westchester County. In Ohio, Jason Wuliger ’05, who had previously served as Lake County recorder, won election as a Lake County commissioner.

Posted November 24, 2020; updated November 30, 2020