|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 3rd district
January 3, 2017
|Executive of Nassau County, New York|
January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2009
|Mayor of Glen Cove, New York|
January 1, 1994 - December 31, 2001
|Mary Ann Holzkamp|
Thomas Richard Suozzi
August 31, 1962
Glen Cove, New York, U.S.
|Education||Boston College (BA)|
Fordham University (JD)
Thomas Richard Suozzi ( SWOZZ-ee; born August 31, 1962) is an American politician who currently serves as the U.S. Representative for New York's 3rd district, representing parts of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island.
Suozzi was the County Executive of Nassau County, New York, in office from 2002 to 2009. He was first elected to the post in 2001 after four terms as mayor of Glen Cove, New York. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully against Eliot Spitzer for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York. Suozzi was narrowly defeated for re-election in 2009 by Republican nominee Ed Mangano, and in a rematch in 2013 was again defeated, this time by a much larger margin of 59% to 41%. He was first elected to United States House of Representatives in 2016 and reelected in 2018 and 2020.
The son of former Glen Cove mayor Joseph A. Suozzi, Thomas Suozzi was born on August 31, 1962 in Glen Cove. His father, Joseph, was born in Italy and his mother, Marguerite, is of Irish and English descent. The youngest of five siblings, Tom Suozzi attended Catholic schools, graduating from Chaminade High School, Boston College, and Fordham University School of Law. He is trained as both a lawyer and a CPA. Suozzi and his wife, Helene, have three children.
His father and his uncle, Vincent Suozzi, respectively, were mayors of Glen Cove prior to Tom Suozzi.
As mayor, Suozzi focused on environmental cleanup of commercial and industrial sites in Glen Cove. A focal point of his administration was redeveloping brownfield and superfund sites. In 1994, the Glen Cove incinerator was permanently closed and dismantled. Under Suozzi's tenure, Glen Cove was also given a credit rating of A-3. At the time, this was the cities highest rating since the 1970s. Suozzi also helped to revitalize downtown Glen Cove by building a new city hall, courthouse, police station, EMS building, new sidewalks, new street lamps, and construction of a multilevel parking garage.
In 2000, Glen Cove won first place in the New York Conference of Mayors' Main Street Award for its downtown revitalization efforts, while Suozzi was Mayor.
Suozzi was elected Nassau County Executive in 2001, becoming only the second Democrat ever to lead this traditionally Republican county and the first Democrat elected to the position in 30 years. He assumed office in the midst of a fiscal crisis. By 1999, Nassau was on the brink of financial collapse: the county faced a $300 million annual deficit, was billions of dollars in debt, and its credit rating had sunk to one level above junk status. According to The New York Times, he "earned high marks from independent institutions for his signature achievement, the resuscitation of Nassau's finances."
While in office, Suozzi cut spending and reduced borrowing and debt. He also oversaw 11 county bond upgrades over the course of two years, eliminated deficits in Nassau, and accumulated surpluses. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Suozzi one of its Public Officials of the Year, calling him "the man who spearheaded Nassau County, New York's, remarkable turnaround from the brink of fiscal disaster." According to The New York Times, Suozzi garnered praise for social services like his "no wrong door" program, which centralized access to social services.
In 2004, Suozzi launched the "Fix Albany" campaign which aimed to root out corruption in the New York State government. At the time, The New York Times Editorial Board, wrote an op-ed titled "Thomas Suozzi's Excellent Idea."
In 2008, Suozzi was named New York State Environmentalist of the Year by the League of Conservation Voters for sourcing "25 percent of the county's energy from renewable sources, and he helped pass a $150 million bond program to preserve open space and protect Long Island Sound."
Suozzi was also named the previously named as Person of the Year by the New York Immigration Coalition for his work as County Executive for "creating an environment of welcome and inclusion for immigrants in Nassau during his tenure."
In 2004, Georgina Morgenstern, a former Nassau County planning department employee, alleged Suozzi and Chief Deputy County Executive Anthony Cancellieri used county employees, resources and functions for illegal fundraising. Morgenstern said she was retaliated against and terminated without due process, and she subsequently filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. Suozzi was dismissed from the case and a federal jury in Central Islip rejected Morgenstern's claim that she was fired in retaliation for her criticism of Suozzi.
Suozzi declared that he was running for Governor of New York in the Democratic primary against Eliot Spitzer on February 25, 2006. The bid appeared from the start to be somewhat of a long shot given Spitzer's reputation as a "corporate crusader", though Suozzi often pointed out that he prevailed as a long shot before when he first ran for Nassau County Executive. During the campaign, Suozzi pointed to his experience as a Chief Executive with the campaign slogan being, "I can do it, because I've done it".
Few prominent Democrats outside of Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs supported his bid; most of New York's Democratic legislators and mayors campaigned with Spitzer. The campaign was funded in part by Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone, former NYSE CEO Richard Grasso, David Mack of the MTA, and many individuals on Wall Street who had been investigated and prosecuted by Eliot Spitzer.
On June 13, 2006, Suozzi spoke before the New York State Conference of Mayors along with Spitzer and John Faso. Suozzi received a standing ovation by the crowd of mayors. On July 6, 2006, Suozzi announced to his followers that he had collected enough petitions to place himself on the ballot in the primary against Spitzer. He claimed victory to the press in the debate on July 25, 2006 with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer held at Pace University. He stated he had presidential aspirations during the course of this debate.
On August 7, 2006, Suozzi announced after much speculation that he would not seek an independent line were he to lose the primary to Spitzer.
Suozzi lost the 2009 county executive election to Ed Mangano by 286 votes out of 250,000 which were cast that year.
After first working in the private sector as an attorney, Suozzi announced that he would seek a rematch against Mangano in 2013. He attacked Mangano for "presiding over a decline in the county", while also emphasizing that, while he was County Executive, Suozzi had eight years of balanced budgets and reduced crime. In November, Mangano easily defeated Suozzi, 59 percent to 41.
In June 2016, Suozzi won a five-way Democratic primary in New York's 3rd congressional district. Suozzi received endorsements from The New York Times, Newsday, and The Island Now. He narrowly defeated Republican state Senator Jack Martins in the general election on November 8, 2016, and began representing New York's 3rd congressional district in the 115th United States Congress in January 2017.
In June 2018, Suozzi won the unchallenged Democratic primary. In 2018, Suozzi defeated Republican Dan DeBono, future Trump Administration Chief Infrastructure Funding Officer and former trader and investment banker with an 18 point margin.
Suozzi was endorsed by several national organizations including: 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, American Federation of Government Employees, the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, Communication Workers of America, End Citizens United, Sierra Club, United Auto Workers, United Brotherhood for Carpenters, and the United Federation of Teachers. He was also named a gun sense candidate by Moms Demand Action.
Suozzi has led multiple initiatives with the entire New York congressional delegation (Republicans and Democrats), which resulted in federal money for hospitals being allocated based on the number of COVID-19 positive cases in a state. He helped lead the entire Long Island congressional delegation in convincing the Federal Reserve to allow Nassau and Suffolk counties to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal relief. Suozzi has also been a voice in Congress in calling on banks and financial institutions to ensure that every small business has access to loans and grants provided for in the CARES Act, regardless of size.
On Long Island and in Queens, Suozzi has personally helped deliver thousands of gowns, masks, and gloves directly to front line workers and meals to the elderly and vulnerable. He has also worked to keep his constituents updated on the latest news regarding the pandemic, sending messages and hosting town halls to keep more than 100,000 NY-03 residents up-to-date on best practices, the latest federal action, and the resources that are available to his constituents.
Suozzi lead the introduction for legislation, which then passed the House in December 2019, that would help to fully restore the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction], which was capped at $10,000 in 2017. According to CNN, Suozzi "has railed about the negative effect a 2017 cap on the state and local tax deduction has had on his Long Island district for years."
At the start of the 116th Congress and at Suozzi's urging, a congressional SALT working group was formed to explore the impact of limiting the SALT deduction and build consensus for a repeal of the limit.
Suozzi cosponsored and helped pass the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that reverses President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Suozzi helped introduce the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. This legislation encourages and incentivizes the deployment and production of cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy technologies such as solar, wind, and geothermal.
On Long Island Suozzi has, since arriving to Congress in 2017, increased federal funding to protect and preserve the Long Island Sound by almost 500%. He has also secured tens of millions of dollars in funding increases to clean up the Navy-Grumman Plume while holding both the Navy and Northrop Grumman accountable.
Suozzi is a cosponsor of and voted for the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for DACA recipients. He has also co-sponsored, voted for, and helped secure support for several House-passed bills which would improve conditions at the border.
Suozzi visited the United States southern border, twice, to inspect conditions at detention facilities housing migrants. As a first-generation American, Suozzi has opposed Trump Administration's immigration policies. While he favors strong borders, he is committed to restoring American values to our debate on immigration.
Suozzi has said we need to "mend, not end," the Affordable Care Act. He believes that we must build on President Obama's signature law to expand access to healthcare and lower costs for all Americans.
Suozzi also believes that the cost of prescription drugs must be reduced and supports allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Suozzi was instrumental in the House passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Cost Now Act, which will ensure that Americans can afford the medication they need to remain healthy.
On Long Island, Suozzi has worked closely with gun violence prevention activist, Linda Beigel Schulman, who lost her son Scott in the tragic 2018 Parkland shootings. Together, they have held rallies, press conferences, and other events to emphasize that this should not be a partisan issue. This is about the safety of our communities and the lives of our loved ones.
In Washington, Suozzi has secured tens of millions of dollars for housing and other programs that would ease new veterans' transition back to civilian life. He has also worked to combat the veteran suicide crisis across the United States by introducing and supporting legislation which would expand access to mental health for all veterans, regardless of discharge status.
On Long Island, Suozzi has worked closely with each Northport VA Director, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve services for veterans and address the physical conditions of the facilities, including expediting the demolition of buildings 1 and 2. Suozzi's goal is to work with the Northport VA, the Department, and all stakeholders to turn the Center into a model for VA facilities across the nation and will continue to push for ongoing improvements to realize that goal.
As a member of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, Suozzi helped write bills that will allow the United States government to put additional pressure on the Chinese government's inhumane policy of holding more than 1 million Uighur Muslims in detention camps. Suozzi has also voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Suozzi has also used his voice as a member of Congress to advocate for people around the world who have faced persecution for simply practicing their faith. From the persecution of Muslims in China to anti-Semitism here in the United States, Suozzi has spoken out in order to help those who wish to practice their faith without fear of oppression and mistreatment.
Suozzi's priorities for infrastructure reform include: waste and drinking water improvements; ensuring upgrades for the Long Island Railroad; increasing access and updates to Glen Cove Ferry and New York City public transit; stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund to improve local roads on Long Island; green energy production, electric vehicles, and the accompanying infrastructure to support them; public school modernization; and funding, expediting and advancing Gateway.
In 2019, the House passed Suozzi's resolution, H.Res.585, Reaffirming support for the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements to ensure a lasting peace in Northern Ireland." The House of Representatives has also passed Suozzi's resolution calling for concluding a "mutually agreeable, multi-year" defense cost-sharing deal with South Korea.
In the House of Representatives, Suozzi has:
In January 2020, Suozzi led the Long Island delegation in sending a letter to top national security officials asking them to investigate whether foreign countries are contributing to the rise of hate in the United States.
On October 1, 2020, Suozzi co-signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that condemned Azerbaijan's offensive operations against the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, denounced Turkey's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and called for an immediate ceasefire.
Suozzi currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Congressional Executive Commission on China. Suozzi formerly sat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.
He is vice-chair of the Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which consists of 22 Democrats and 22 Republicans. He is also the co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus, co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, and is chairman of the United States Merchant Marine Academy's Board of Visitors.
|Nassau County Executive Race|
|2009||Thomas Suozzi (D)||117,874||48%|
|Ed Mangano (R)||118,111||49%|
|New York 3rd Congressional District Race|
|2016||Thomas Suozzi (D)||156,315||52.4%|
|Jack Martins (R)||142,023||47.6%|
| Mayor of Glen Cove
Mary Ann Holzkamp
| Executive of Nassau County
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority