Voice for Equality: NY state Senator Liz Krueger
December 11, 2009Liz Krueger is a member of the Senate of the United States state of New York, where she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate's Finance Committee and Chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform. She was first elected in February 2002 during a special election. Krueger is the ranking member on the Senate Committee for Housing, Construction and Community Development. She was Chairwoman of NY's Democratic Senate Campaign Committee from 2003 through the 2006 elections, in which she and former Democratic leader David Paterson were charged with helping the Democrats retake control of the State Senate for the first time since a brief 18-month stint in the 1960s. In her capacity as chairwoman, she oversaw five Democratic pick-ups of Republican seats. She herself won a seat held by a 3-decade Republican. The 2004 election won 3 seats for the Democrats and in 2006 they saw another pickup and were successful in defending each of the seats they had won in the previous election. In 2008, two more districts voted out Republican incumbents, giving Democrats the majority for the first time in more than 40 years. Learn more here.
On December 2, 2009, Senator Krueger was one of twenty-four senators who voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Bill on the Floor of the NYS Senate Chamber, and she was one of several senators who spoke personally and powerfully in support of the freedom to marry during the pre-vote debate. Her remarks, from the point of a woman and a Jew with family members who escaped religious persecution in europe, added another persuasive perspective to the marriage equality issue. See video of her speech below:
Freedom to Marry salutes Liz Krueger as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.
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