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Joseph Crowley

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1999
Preceded by Thomas Manton

Member of the
New York State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
1987 – 1998
Preceded by Ralph Goldstein
Succeeded by Margaret Markey

Born March 16, 1962 (1962-03-16) (age 47)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kasey Nilson
Residence Queens, New York City, New York
Alma mater Queens College
Occupation political assistant
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Crowley (born March 16, 1962) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of New York, currently representing New York's 7th congressional district (see map) in the United States House of Representatives. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, who describe themselves as a "moderate, pro-business group."

The district encompasses portions of Queens and the Bronx. It includes neighborhoods such as Woodside, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and College Point in Queens as well as the neighborhoods of Castle Hill, Co-op City, Parkchester, Throggs Neck, Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Bay, Country Club, and City Island in the eastern Bronx.

Crowley was born in New York City, the son of an Irish-American father and an immigrant Catholic mother from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. A paternal uncle was also a politician. Joseph Crowley attended private New York City Roman Catholic schools, including Power Memorial Academy, and graduated from Queens College with a degree in political science. He worked briefly as a legislative aide. Crowley and his wife, Kasey, have three children.

In 1986, aged 24, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. Crowley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998. Since being elected to Congress, he has yet to face a serious challenge for his seat.

A cousin of the congressman, (New York City firefighter John Moran), was killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Crowley authored a bill that provided medals of valor to all emergency works who died as a result of the terrorist acts. He also created the Urban Area Security Initiative, which directs money to prevent terrorism toward regions that are seen as the most threatened.

Crowley serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House and is the fifteenth highest ranking New York House Democrat. On October 10, 2002, Joseph Crowley was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ralph Goldstein
New York State Assembly, 30th District
Succeeded by
Margaret Markey
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas J. Manton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by


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