Meet Brad

State Senator Brad Hoylman, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, represents New York’s 27th State Senate District, which covers much of the heart of Manhattan. Last election, you helped us win back Democratic control of the State Senate for the first time in a decade. Brad’s running for re-election because our fight to make New York the nation’s progressive leader is just beginning.

Brad champions a wide range of issues, such as housing, transportation, public education, environment and seniors. He has passed over fifty bills in the Senate, including the Child Victims Act, which enabled adult survivors of child sexual abuse to revive legal claims against their abusers; the TRUST Act, which permitted Congress to review the state taxes of elected officials like Donald Trump; GENDA, which extended human rights protections to transgender New Yorkers; and banning the practice of sexual orientation change efforts, or so-called “conversion therapy.” Senator Hoylman has led initiatives to improve traffic safety by requiring the use of backseat seatbelts in taxis and reducing speed limits along the West Side Highway.

Brad is a longtime grassroots activist, serving previously as a Democratic District Leader and three-term chair of Manhattan Community Board 2. He is the past president of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats and a former board member of Tenants & Neighbors and Citizen Action.

Senator Hoylman has deep roots in Manhattan but was raised in rural West Virginia, where he attended public schools through college. Brad graduated from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and Harvard Law School. Before being elected to the Senate, he practiced law and was general counsel of the Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business and civic organization.

Senator Hoylman and his husband David Sigal, a filmmaker, are the parents of two young daughters, Silvia and Lucy. The family are members of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBTQ synagogue.