State Senator Brad Hoylman represents New York’s 27th Senate District, which covers much of the heart of Manhattan including the neighborhoods of Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, Midtown/East Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, the East Village and Lower East Side.
He was first elected to the State Senate in November 2012 after having spent more than 20 years as a Democratic grassroots activist in his community. Since taking office in January 2013, Senator Hoylman has passed legislation to help prevent the spread of meningitis and tuberculosis, preserve affordable housing in his district, and protect non-English speaking victims of domestic violence. He has also helped win more funding in the State Budget for homeless youth shelters and a 30 percent of income rent cap for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Senator Hoylman is the Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. In that role, he has advocated for a comprehensive statewide approach to combat climate change, a ban on toxins in children’s toys, and other environmental priorities like banning microbeads in cosmetic products. Brad was recognized for these efforts when EPL/Environmental Advocates – a leading environmental group – named him 2015 Legislator of the Year.
The only openly LGBT member of the State Senate, Brad is the prime sponsor of legislation legalizing gestational surrogacy in New York and banning so-called LGBT conversion therapy, and he is a co-sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. He is also a strong advocate for government reform, tenants’ rights, neighborhood preservation, public education and mass transit.
Senator Hoylman is a former three-term Chair of Manhattan Community Board 2 and Democratic District Leader. He has served as a Trustee of the Community Service Society – New York City’s leading anti-poverty organization – and is a former board member of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Tenants & Neighbors, Class Size Matters and Citizen Action. A past-president of the Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats, he and his husband, David, and their young daughter, Silvia, are members of the LGBT synagogue Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.
He attended public schools through college and graduate school, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as Harvard Law School. Brad formerly served as General Counsel of the Partnership for New York City, a non-profit business and civic organization.