Daniel M. Donovan, JR.United States Congressman
Dan put himself through college, earning a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and then his J.D. from Fordham Law School as a night student. After graduating, Dan realized he wanted to combine his passions for both the law and public service. He soon began his career as a prosecutor under legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau. After leaving the DA’s office, Dan began serving his native Staten Island as Chief of Staff to the Borough President and later as Deputy Borough President.
In 2003, Dan embarked on elected office, running and winning the position of Richmond County District Attorney. Dan was the first Republican elected District Attorney in New York City in more than 50 years, and overwhelmingly won re-election in 2007 and 2011. During his tenure in the DA’s office, Dan helped make Staten Island the safest community in the safest big city in America by aggressively cracking down on drunk drivers, toughening laws against domestic violence offenders and creating a national prescription drug database to tackle opioid abuse. He served as president of the New York State District Attorney’s Association and as the New York State Director for the National District Attorneys Association. Dan was awarded a “Diversity Champion Award” by the New York City Bar Association for increasing diversity in the DA’s office and for raising the office’s professional standards.
When a vacancy arose in the 11th Congressional District, Dan felt a new call to duty. As a new father, the future of America and her opportunities for the next generation took on a new meaning. Running on a platform of reining in our nation’s $18 trillion debt, a strong national defense that protects us from the threats of terrorism and a pro-growth agenda that creates good-paying jobs for New York families, Dan was elected to Congress with nearly 60% of the vote on May 5, 2015 representing Staten Island and South Brooklyn.
In just his short time in office, Dan is keeping his promises and delivering results, regardless of party politics. He successfully negotiated the permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga bill ensuring our 9/11 first responders get the healthcare they need, restored critical funding for New York City’s mass transportation and homeland security, and secured an important appointment as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.
Dan continues to reside on the north shore of Staten Island with his fiancee Serena and their daughter, Aniella Rose.