Joseph Crowley

American politician

Joseph Crowley (/ˈkrli/; born March 16, 1962) is an American politician. He was the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. He was Chair of the House Democratic Caucus from 2017 to 2019. He also was Chair of the Queens County Democratic Party from 2006 to 2019.[1][2]

Joseph Crowley
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
LeaderNancy Pelosi
Preceded byXavier Becerra
Succeeded byHakeem Jeffries
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
LeaderNancy Pelosi
Preceded byXavier Becerra
Succeeded byLinda Sánchez
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byThomas J. Manton
Succeeded byAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Constituency7th district (1999–2013)
14th district (2013–2019)
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
January 1, 1987 – December 31, 1998
Preceded byRalph Goldstein
Succeeded byMargaret Markey
Personal details
Born (1962-03-16) March 16, 1962 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kasey Nilson
EducationQueens College, City University of New York (BA)

On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary for his seat. Crowley’s unseen defeat is thought to be one of the biggest upsets in congressional history.[3][4]

Until his defeat in June 2018, Crowley was seen by many as the replacement of Nancy Pelosi in the Democratic House leadership.[4]


  1. "CROWLEY, Joseph". House of Representatives.
  2. "Decades-Old House Democratic Leadership Likely to Remain Intact". Roll Call. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  3. Arkin, James; Bland, Scott (June 26, 2018). "Top Democrat Crowley loses in shocker". Politico. Retrieved June 26, 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Rep. Joe Crowley defeated by challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez". Washington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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