Jim Gaughran has served as a state senator for about 100 days. Along with the democratic majority, he’s passed several laws that he believes will help move New York in a better direction. A lifelong Long Islander, he takes pride in being able to represent towns like Plainview, Syosset, Hicksville and his hometown of Huntington.
“When I was growing up, my parents lived in one of the first homes in the Dix Hills community. Before they got the house in 1962, the area was just hills and woods,” Gaughran said. “That was the start of the big suburban buildup in the 1960s and ’70s.”
Gaughran was always interested in what was happening in politics, fascinated by famous figures, like Robert Kennedy. After graduating from Half Hollows High School, he received a political science degree from Stony Brook University, followed by a law degree at Hofstra University. After interning under various officials and campaigns while in college, he ran for a county legislator position and lost in the primary at the age of 22. Four years later, he was elected to the Huntington Town Board in 1983.
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