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Paul Tonko (D)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Science and Technology|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: N/a
Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat
2012 candidates for NY-20
|Confirmed:||Paul Tonko, Robert Dieterich|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for NY-20)|
Positions, record and controversies
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During the 2008 campaign, Rep. Tonko completed the Project Vote Smart "Political Courage Test," where he expressed the following positions on a variety of issues:
Budget and spending
Rep. Tonko said he would maintain spending on agriculture, arts, international aid, federal law enforcement, space exploration and the United Nations. He would slightly increase spending on educaton, FEMA, homeland security, state law enforcement, medical research, national parks and welfare, and slightly decrease spending on national defense. Tonko also said he would greatly increase spending on the environment, public health services, scientific research and transportation and infrastructure.
Tonko indicated that he favored greatly decreasing taxes for those making less than $100,000, maintain taxes on those making between $100-000 - $180,000, slightly increase taxes on those making between $180,000- $350,000 and greatly increase taxes for those of $350,001 and above. He also said he would maintain the taxes on alcohol and gasoline, greatly increase the tax on capital gains and slightly increase taxes on cigarettes, corporations, and inheritances. He would also maintain the charitable contribution deduction, medical expense deduction and mortgage deduction, while increasing the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit and the student loan tax credit.
Education, Employment and Healthcare
On education, Tonko said he favored federal government funding of universal pre-K programs, federal tax incentives to help families save for college, increasing funding for the Pell Grant program, and decreasing the interest rates on Stafford Loans. He also supported the elimination all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
On employment, Tonko said he favored the following positions: increasing funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market, encouraging employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies, increasing the federal minimum wage, the right of workers to unionize, and the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws. 
He also indicated support for implementing a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income, and expanding child health care programs.
International Aid and Policy, National Security
On international aid, Tonko said he supported the United States giving aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives, giving aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States and eliminating aid from the U.S for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Tonko also said he supported providing leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, creation of a Palestinian state, greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates, aiding the Lebanese government against insurgent forces, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Additionally, he supported the following international policies: applying greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program, increasing financial and military support for Afghanistan, trading nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes, U.S. involvement in ending the violence in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia, using sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses and the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo. Tonko has said he will not support decreasing financial and military support for Pakistan.
On national security issues, Tonko has said he would support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical, holding foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country, and increasing funding to states and cities for homeland security. He would not support law enforcement agencies having greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be threats to national security, long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas, or the expansion of the U.S. missile defense shield.
Tonko said he believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry and would not support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He also favored federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines and federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos. He indicated support for the continuation of affirmative action programs. 
Social Security and Welfare
Tonko said he would support continuing to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants, providing housing assistance for welfare recipients, and ensuring the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
Tonko, then 26 years old, was the youngest person ever to be elected to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. He has worked as an engineer in the New York State Department of Transportation and was on the staff of the Department of Public Service. He served in the New York State Assembly from 1983-2007 and was chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Energy from 1992 to mid-2007. 
Tonko was the Democratic nominee seeking to replace retiring Rep. Mike McNulty (R-N.Y.) in the 2008 congressional elections. He won in the primary election which took place on September 9, 2008.   Tonko defeated Republican challenger James Buhrmaster in November 2008 general election. 
Money in Politics
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|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|American Crystal Sugar||$ 20,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$ 12,500|
|General Electric||$ 11,600|
|American Federation of Teachers||$ 10,000|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$ 10,000|
|American Postal Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$ 10,000|
|CSX Corp||$ 10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|National Auto Dealers Assn||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Paul Tonko
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by organization/corporation:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by industry:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
- Revolving door profile for Paul Tonko from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Paul Tonko from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Paul Tonko from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- House Committee on Education and Labor
- House Committee on Science and Technology
|On the Web|
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:New York and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Political Courage Test
- ↑ "Meet Paul", Paul Tonko for Congress. Accessed March 31, 2009.
- ↑ Green Papers: New York Congressional Candidate
- ↑ Official Paul Tonko for Congress campaign website
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 “New York 2008 General Election,"The Green Papers”, September 10, 2008
- ↑ Greg Giroux, "Franken Primary Win One of Many Key Results from Tuesday’s Primaries",CQ Politics, September 10, 2008
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Paul||Middle name: D.||Last name: Tonko|
|Party: D||State: NY||District:
20 District short: 20
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-5076||Fax: 202-225-5077||Website: http://tonko.house.gov||Webform email: https://forms.house.gov/tonko/contact-form.shtml|
|DC office: 2463 Rayburn House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: T000469||Votesmart ID: 4403||FEC ID: H8NY21203||Govtrack ID: 412319|
|CRP ID: N00030196||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: PaulTonko|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Paul_Tonko||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/reppaultonko||Senate class:|
|Entered manually within the Template:Politician|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
New York State Assembly
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: June 18, 1949
November 4, 2008