17th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner Guest Speaker: The Honorable John Faso

johnfasoJohn Faso was elected to represent the 19th District of New York in the United States Congress on November 8, 2016. The 19th District encompasses all or part of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York regions of the Empire State. In Congress, Rep. Faso is advocating policies to increase opportunity for families and supports reforms to boost the economy and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. He has championed ideas to combat the heroin epidemic, treat Lyme disease and increase health-insurance coverage options for patients and small businesses. As a first-term member of Congress, Mr. Faso has been appointed to the House Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Agriculture committees.

A graduate of SUNY Brockport and Georgetown University Law Center, John is a former Republican leader of the New York State Assembly. As a member of the Assembly, John developed and pushed proposals that led to real balanced budgets – including the first reduction in state spending in over five decades while closing a $5 billion deficit. He has led the way on legislation that made a difference for tens of thousands of families such as the STAR program, education, criminal justice and state spending reform. He and his wife, Mary Frances, a registered nurse, are the proud parents of two adult children. They reside in Kinderhook, New York.