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Jeffrey David Klein (born July 10, 1960) is a New York State Senator representing parts of Bronx and Westchester Counties. He was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2004.

A lifelong resident of the northeast Bronx, he was educated in Bronx public schools. Klein received his undergraduate degree from Queens College, his Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from CUNY's Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

A former chief of staff to Congressman James Scheuer, Klein served as a Democratic State Committeeman and District Leader before being elected to the New York State Assembly in 1994. During his ten years representing the 80th Assembly District in the state legislature, Jeff Klein served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and the Elderly, the Committee on State-Federal Relations, and the Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigations.

After former State Senator Guy Velella was convicted on corruption charges, Senator Klein declined to seek reelection to the Assembly in order to run for Velella's seat in the New York Senate.

In the Democratic Senate Primary, Senator Klein defeated then Assemblyman Stephen B. Kaufman. Klein received a tepic endorsement from The New York Times. Prior to running for the Senate, Senator Klein was reported to be considering a race for New York State Attorney General in 2006, but did not do so because Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro were competing for that position. After two years in the Senate he abandoned plans to run for the Majority Leader position, instead opting for the Deputy Minority Leader spot.

Klein has introduced legislation to protect homeowners against blockbusting real estate solicitations and created New York's Do Not Call telemarketing registry, which has enrolled almost two million residential telephone customers since its April 2001 inception.

Klein is also a partner in the law firm of Klein Calderoni & Santucci, LLP.

In 2010, Klein may run for New York State Attorney General if the incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, decides to run for governor.[1]


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
George Friedman
New York State Assembly, 80th District
Succeeded by
Naomi Rivera
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Guy Velella
New York State Senate, 34th District


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