Meet State Senator Kevin Parker
A Trailblazing Leader
With almost 100 laws passed, Kevin is committed to equity for ALL New Yorkers
Elected to the New York State Senate in 2002, State Senator Kevin Parker gained the distinction of being the first freshman Senator to sit on the Finance Committee, a position he still holds today. Nineteen years later, the nine-term Senator is the 4th most senior member of the Senate. Senator Parker’s seniority has allowed him to become a trail blazing leader on issues pertaining to communities of color.
In his capacity as Majority Whip, Senator Parker was twice instrumental in flipping the Senate from Republican to Democratic control in 2009 and 2019. As an elder statesman, Senator Parker holds assignments as the Chair of the Energy & Telecommunications Committee and member of the Finance, Banks, Insurance, Internet and Technology, Higher Education, and Rules committees.
Over the years, Senator Parker – who represents the ethnically diverse 21st District in Brooklyn – has emerged as one of the most prolific lawmakers in the history of the Senate. With 480 active bills, the Senator holds the high distinction of sponsoring the most legislation introduced in the Senate. Moreover, Senator Parker has passed 91 bills into New York State law over the course of his time in office.
The economic impact of what we invest in determines what happens in our communities.
At the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, the astute Brooklyn lawmaker sponsored legislation that barred utility companies from shutting off customers’ service due to non-payment resulting from financial hardship during the pandemic. The utility moratorium legislation was signed into law on June 17, 2020, and protected over 700,000 households or roughly 2 million New Yorkers who owe collectively more than $966 million to energy utilities from service interruptions.
Another one of his milestone pieces of legislation making Juneteenth (June 19) an official state holiday, was signed into law on October 14, 2020. Senator Parker has delivered numerous other legislative results for New Yorkers including creating a body camera program for the New York State Police, stopping aggressive real estate solicitation in Brooklyn, NY, and declaring racism as a public health crisis in the State of New York.
The impact of Senator Parker’s proven leadership is not just felt in Albany, but also in his district. which comprises Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope. His community-centered events are annual staples which have stretched beyond the borders of his district as people look to his office for everything from flu shots in the winter, job fairs in the summer, and school supplies in the Fall.
For the past 18 years, Senator Parker’s annual “A Shared Dream Martin Luther King Jr. Day Concert” has been one of the most attended events in the city on that day. In addition, his annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway event is in its 19th year and Christmas Toy Giveaway in its 18th year. The Senator’s constituents’ services also extend to annual health screenings like mammograms and citizenship drives in conjunction with community-based organizations.
Widely recognized for his political prowess, Senator Parker’s impact was felt at the national level when he went on record as the first African American elected official to endorse the Presidential candidacy of then U.S. Senator Barack Obama in 2008. He repeated that political heroism with a similar endorsement of current Vice President Kamala Harris.
Before the emergence of his political career, Senator Parker amassed knowledge in finance in both the public and private sectors with his work as Special Assistant to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, and Director of Government Affairs at UBS PaineWebber.
As a representative of the people, Senator Parker is committed to working with all communities in his district to realize his ultimate aim of ensuring adequate representation for all New Yorkers.