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John L. Sampson (born 1965) represents District 19 in the New York State Senate, which comprises Crown Heights, East Flatbush, as well as portions of Brownsville, Canarsie and Spring Creek Towers.

On June 15, 2009, Sampson was elevated to the leadership of the Democratic Conference of the State Senate. As Conference Chairman, he is responsible for the day to day operations and the legislative agenda of the Democratic Caucus. He serves in leadership alongside former Majority Leader and Temporary Senate President Malcolm Smith.[1]

Elected in 1996, Sampson is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations. He is a former Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Health Committee.

Prior to his election the New York State Senate Sampson worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation and as a Staff Attorney to the Legal Aid Society of New York.

In 2005, John Sampson made an unsuccessful bid to become District Attorney of Kings County, New York, opposing the incumbent DA, Charles "Joe" Hynes.

Since 1993, he has worked as an attorney for the law firm of Alter and Barbaro, Esqs.

Sampson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a J.D. from Albany Law School (class of 1991).

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David Irving letter

On October 20, 2009, at the instance of a letter from Sampson and twelve other New York State and City officeholders led by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind to American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, American Express rescinded its Merchants Agreement with prominent Holocaust revisionist David Irving.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Danny Hakim and Jeremy W. Peters, "Judge Refuses to Reverse G.O.P. Takeover of State Senate," New York Times, June 16, 2009, found at New York Times website. Accessed June 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Siemaszko, Corky. "American Express says Holocaust denier David Irving's no 'merchant,' thanks to Assemblyman Hikind". New York Daily News. October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  3. ^ [http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/40853/State+&+Local+Officials+Join+Hikind+In+Denouncing+American+Express%27+Involvement+With+Holocaust+Denier.html "State & Local Officials Join Hikind in Denouncing American Express' Involvement with Holocaust Denier." Yeshiva World. October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Howard Babbush
New York State Senate, 19th District
1997–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
John DeFrancisco
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
2009–present
Incumbent
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