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Mike McNulty served the 21st Congressional district of New York from 1989-2009

Michael Robert McNulty was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York's 21st Congressional district (map) from 1989-2009.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

McNulty voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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McNulty was born September 16, 1947 in Troy, New York and graduated from Holy Cross College. He was mayor of Green Island, New York from [1977 to 1982. McNulty was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1982.

Congressional career

In 1988, Congressman Samuel S. Stratton announced his withdrawal from the race due to health issues. McNulty was selected to replace him on the ballot and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In his early days in the House, McNulty agreed with 13 of 15 tenets of the GOP's Contract With America.[1] He has since "chalked up a moderate-to-liberal voting record, but, a Catholic, he broke with his party over the issue of abortion."[2] "McNulty voted against impeaching President Clinton. He has been a strong friend of labor, casting his vote against the North American Free Trade Agreement. And he has also lined up with his party's more liberal wing from time to time, voting against the 1994 welfare overhaul and against allowing states to deny public education to illegal aliens.[3]

McNulty served as a party whip during his first two terms, but is known for being relatively quiet and not saying much on the floor. However, recently he became an outspoken critic of President George W. Bush's Social Security reform plan. [4]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Warren Redlich to face Mcnulty in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5] McNulty retained his seat.


McNulty confirmed reports that he would not run for reelection on October 29, 2007. He said his health was a factor, but not the main reason for the decision to end his 10 term congressional career. McNulty had polio as a child and suffered from a post-polio condition. “The main reason for making this decision now is that I want to come home. I do want to have a job where, when Monday morning rolls around, I am not headed to the airport. In short, I want to be with my family,” McNulty said.[2]

Many possible Democratic candidates for the seat were being discussed, including state Sen. Neil Breslin; his brother Albany Country executive Mike Breslin; Assemblyman Ron Canestrari; Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings; McNulty staffer Charlie Diamond; a regional director for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Tracey Brooks; president of the state’s Energy Research and Development Authority Paul Tonko; Albany Common Council President Shawn Morris; Albany County District Attorney David Soares; and Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton, the son of Rep. Sam Stratton (D), McNulty’s predecessor. [3]

Possible Republican candidates include Assemblyman James Tedisco, Assemblyman George Amedore, and an executive at Independent Power Producers of New York, Gavin Donohue. [4]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2009)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Michael McNulty. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2210 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3221
Phone: 202-225-5076
Fax: 202-225-5077
Email: mike.mcnulty AT mail.house.gov
Web Email

District Office- Albany:
O'Brien Federal Building, Room 827
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-465-0700
Fax: 518-427-5107

District Office- Amsterdam:
2490 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010-4612
Phone: 518-843-3400
Fax: 518-843-8874

District Office- Johnstown:
Fulton County Office Building
223 West Main Street, Room 10
Johnstown, NY 12095
Phone: 518-762-3568
Fax: 518-736-2004

District Office- Schenectady:
United States Post Office
Schenectady, NY 12305-1982
Phone: 518-374-4547
Fax: 518-374-7908

District Office- Troy:
33 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180-3975
Phone: 518-271-0822
Fax: 518-273-6150

Articles and Resources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Aaron Blake, “McNulty confirms that he will retire,” The Hill, October 30, 2007.
  3. Aaron Blake, “McNulty confirms that he will retire,” The Hill, October 30, 2007.
  4. Aaron Blake, “McNulty confirms that he will retire,” The Hill, October 30, 2007.



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