Paul Tonko

New York

U.S. Representative, New York’s 20th Congressional District

"Not only do I strongly oppose this [Citizens United] decision, but I believe that McCutcheon v. FEC was the sequel. I actively and often speak out, in public and in private, in NY and DC, about my strong opposition to this decision and the influence of money in politics. I believe we should have a democracy of the many, not the money." - Paul Tonko

About Representative Tonko:

Congressman Paul Tonko is running for re-election for New York’s 20th Congressional District because he believes there is too much work left undone in Washington. Since his appointment to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Paul champions initiatives that harness the innovative spirit of New York and the massive job growth potential clean energy technology holds.

As one of the few engineers in Congress, Paul takes a unique, measured and analytical approach to legislating. He doesn’t ask if an idea originates from a Republican or Democratic colleague. He asks if it would help the people he represents, the Capital Region and the State of New York. It is the same approach he took as the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well as during his twenty-five years in the New York State Assembly, fifteen of which were as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy.

Paul is a life-long resident of Amsterdam, New York, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. His priorities include a national clean energy policy, getting big money out of politics, mental health reform, and a host of other issues that can be found at paultonko.com.

Click here to read Rep. Tonko’s answers to the Official End Citizens United PAC Candidate Questionnaire.

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