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Michael Arcuri

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Sherwood Boehlert

Born June 11, 1959 (1959-06-11) (age 50)
Utica, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sabrina Deon-Arcuri
Children Carmen Joseph Arcuri
Dominique Arcuri
Residence Utica, New York
Alma mater SUNY at Albany, New York Law School
Occupation attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Angelo "Mike" Arcuri (born June 11, 1959) is presently serving his second term in the United States House of Representatives and is a Democrat. Arcuri represents New York's 24th congressional district. The district encompasses a large swath of central New York, including Utica, Auburn, Rome and most of the suburbs of Binghamton.



Michael Arcuri graduated from Thomas R. Proctor High School, in Utica, New York in 1977.

In 1981, Arcuri graduated from the State University of New York at Albany where he majored in history and minored in economics.

In 1984, Arcuri graduated from New York Law School in New York City and was admitted to practice law in New York state in 1985, and returned to Utica to open a law office in 1986.

In 1993, Arcuri was elected District Attorney of Oneida County, home to Utica. He was only the third Democrat ever to hold the post, and the first in 40 years.

In November 2006, Arcuri defeated State Senator Ray Meier for the 24th District congressional seat left open by the retiring Sherwood Boehlert. Arcuri won by 54 percent of the vote to Meier's 45 percent, becoming only the second Democrat to represent the area in 106 years.[1]

In his bid for re-election in 2008, Arcuri faced a closer-than-expected challenge from businessman Richard Hanna. Ultimately, he won by just 52 percent of the vote to Hanna's 48 percent, the closest of any Congressional races in 2008. Arcuri's seat is considered "at risk" by the DCCC for the 2010 election cycle.[2]

Issues and positions

Arcuri represents a historically Republican district. A member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, Arcuri was recently named by the National Review (March 2010) as one of the most Centrist members of the House, with a voting record of 50.2% liberal and 49.8% conservative, a distinction he shares with only one other member of Congress.[3] Congressman Arcuri received a grade of 83 from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Controversy and Criticism

In 2002, Arcuri personally prosecuted Joseph A. Smith of Oneida for the murder of Desiree Case of Yorkville. Her body was discovered in an abandoned house on February 26, 2000. Smith was arrested on November 29, 2001 after he was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in a sealed indictment. Despite one mistrial, Arcuri chose to press on with the case, and a jury found Smith guilty of both counts of murder in March 2002. In late June 2002 a judge set aside the conviction, on a technicality, when it was discovered the defense was not provided all of the evidence in the case. Smith was released from jail on August 1, 2002. He later filed a claim for misconduct and negligence against the Oneida County District Attorney's Office and the City of Utica, N.Y., Police Department, which was settled out of court.[citation needed]

Committee assignments

Family and personal life

Arcuri has two children from his first marriage, Carmen and Dominique. He married his second wife, the former Sabrina Deon, in August 2007. His father was Carmen Arcuri (deceased). His mother, Elizabeth, retired as a stenographer.


  1. ^ CNN Election 2006
  2. ^ CNN Election 2008
  3. ^ Voteview, 110th House Rank Orderings,

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sherwood Boehlert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

2007 – present


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