Joseph Crowley (born March 16, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 7th congressional district, serving since 1999. He is the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and the Queens County Democratic Party. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
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.
Early life, education and career
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.
New York Assembly
In 1986, aged 24, he was elected to the New York Assembly.
U.S. House of Representatives
Crowley serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House and is the fifteenth highest ranking New York House Democrat. He is the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, who describe themselves as a "moderate, pro-business group", and a Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Crowley's cousin, 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 the 9/11 Heroes Medal 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.
On October 10, 2002, Crowley was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
Crowley joined Bronx Representative Jose Serrano in 2008 when proposing legislation to help clean up PCB-contaminated schools.
Crowley was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998. The seat was considered open after incumbent Rep. Thomas Manton retired, but not without controversy. Manton announced his retirement from Congress shortly after the deadline passed for individuals wishing to file for the Democratic primary.
(Manton was the only individual who filed for the primary.) As head of the Queens Democratic Party apparatus, Manton was able to handpick his successor - Crowley, a former Manton staffer. Since being elected to Congress, he has yet to face a serious challenge for his seat.
Joe has been married to his wife, Kasey Crowley, for over a decade and they have three young children – Cullen, Kenzie and Liam. He lives in his family's long time home on 65th Street in the Woodside neighborhood in Queens; however, his children go to school in Virginia, and his car is registered there as well.
December 26th, 2011