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Gustavo Rivera 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
New York State Senator
Born: November 19, 1975 (age 45 years), Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Party: Democratic Party
Office: New York State Senator since 2011
Education: University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras Campus (1998), CUNY Graduate Center
State Senator Gustavo Rivera represents the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx.
Since taking office, Senator Rivera has focused his efforts on addressing issues of health inequity.
In 2018, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appointed Senator Rivera as the Chair of the Senate Health Committee.
He is collaborating with colleagues, stakeholders, and constituents to improve health outcomes, increase access to health coverage, and ensure a financially viable health care system.
Senator Rivera served as the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee for six years.
In that role, he passed three smoking ban laws, and has been a champion of harm reduction policies.
He is currently the main sponsor of the “New York Health Act.” In 2011, Senator Rivera launched the Bronx CAN Health Initiative.
This health initiative shapes policies that will help tear down some of the institutional barriers that stand in the way of Bronxites having a healthier lifestyle.
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Rivera was born and raised in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Puerto Rico in May 1998.
Following graduation, Rivera moved to New York to begin a doctoral program in political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He taught courses at Hunter College until 2002, and served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pace University until his first election in 2010.
Rivera has served in politics by serving as campaign manager for politicians such as Phil Reed and his future colleagues Jose M. Serrano and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
In September 2010, he was named one of City Hall’s “40 under 40” for being a young influential member of New York City politics.
As of 2011, Rivera was single and resided in University Heights.
Gustavo Rivera is a New York state senator representing the 33rd Senate District, covering the Bronx neighborhoods of Kingsbridge Heights, Kingsbridge, Fordham, University Heights, Van Nest, Tremont, East Tremont, and parts of Morrisania and Parkchester.
First elected in 2010, Rivera is a Democrat.
After serving as Director of Outreach under United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rivera decided to run for the New York State Senate in 2010.
The incumbent, Senator Pedro Espada Jr., had long been a staple in Bronx politics.
Espada was considered the favorite throughout the election.
After a hard fought campaign, Rivera ultimately defeated Espada in the Democratic primary.
Espada would later be convicted of embezzlement.
In the Senate, Rivera is known as a leading progressive voice.
With the Democrats retaking the majority in 2018, Rivera was named Chair of the Senate Health Committee.
Rivera has advocated for single-payer health insurance.