About Jeffrey D. Klein
Senate Coalition Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader
State Senator Jeff Klein is a proven leader with more than two decades of experience in politics, law and public service. He currently serves as Senate Coalition Co-Leader and Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, a conference which he co-founded in 2011.
First elected to the state senate in 2004, Senator Klein has built a reputation as an effective and trusted public servant, authoring numerous laws directly impacting the health, welfare and economic prosperity of residents across New York State.
During the financial crisis, Senator Klein authored and passed landmark legislation that prevented thousands of unnecessary foreclosures statewide. In 2014, Senator Klein was the prime sponsor of the New York SAFE Act, watershed legislation that provided New York with the toughest gun laws in the nation.
Through Senator Klein’s leadership, New Yorkers can count on expanded access to essential programs and services including fully funded universal pre-kindergarten for their children, increased eligibility for senior support programs like SCRIE and EPIC, much-needed financial relief for homeowners and comprehensive jobs programs aimed at lifting up all New Yorkers and combating unemployment in the 34th Senate District.
Senator Klein's legislative work has earned him the praise of numerous editorial boards, including the New York Times, which has called him "smart and hard-working" and the Journal News, which has described him as "an active, independent voice" in the Capital.
A lifelong resident of the northeast Bronx, educated in Bronx public schools, Klein holds a B.A. from Queens College, an M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a J.D. from the City University of New York Law School where he was also a member of the law review. Klein previously served as Senate President Pro Tempore from 2012-2014. He also served as Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate from 2009-2010. Prior to that, Senator Klein served his current district as a member of the New York State Assembly for ten years.