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Tonko Statement on Motion to Vacate

October 3, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Paul D. Tonko released the below statement following his ‘Yes’ vote on “Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives to be vacant.” "House Republican leadership has repeatedly chosen to cave to extremis...


Tonko Votes to Pass Continuing Resolution, Avoid GOP Shutdown

September 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — With hours left before a shutdown, Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) released a statement following his vote to advance a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government and keep its doors open until November 17th, 2023. Th...


Tonko Condemns Republican Crash Course Towards a Shutdown

September 29, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — Following a failed vote on an extreme Republican Continuing Resolution, Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) today condemned the Republican Party’s inability to come together with Democrats to advance a budget agreement. Instead of brin...


About Paul

Congressman Paul D. Tonko is an eighth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District in the Capital Region, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs.

He has dedicated his career in public service to bettering the lives of those in his district with meaningful legislation that creates good jobs, strengthens the middle class, and drives economic opportunity.

Tonko is the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials. In addition to serving on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security, and Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, he is also a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Tonko has long been a champion for clean energy and the environment. Prior to serving in Congress, he was the president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, serving for 15 years as Chairman of the Committee on Energy.

Tonko graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and is a former engineer for the New York State Public Service Commission.

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