About John J. Flanagan
Minority Conference Leader
Republican, Conservative, Independence Party Republican, Conservative, Independence Party
- Rules Ranking Member
John J. Flanagan represents the Second Senate District, which includes the Town of Smithtown and portions of the Towns of Brookhaven and Huntington. He was first elected to the Senate in 2002, where he had the honor of serving as the Senate Majority Leader from May of 2015 through the end of 2018 and is currently the Republican Conference Leader.
Prior to becoming the Republican Conference Leader, Senator Flanagan served as the Chairman of the Committee on Education.
During his time in the Senate, he has constantly fought to provide tax relief to New Yorkers and small business owners. His efforts have included enacting a property tax cap, cutting personal income taxes and repealing the MTA payroll tax for 80 percent of businesses.
Senator Flanagan has also persistently fought for budget reforms to improve New York’s financial health, strived to ensure that schools throughout the state receive their fair share of state aid and is an outspoken supporter of a state spending cap to provide New York with economic stability and protect taxpayers.
Senator Flanagan has helped numerous charitable and civic organizations by enacting legislation in support of their causes. He was the prime sponsor of legislation to provide women with critically important information about breast density to assist in the fight against breast cancer. He is also an outspoken leader in the effort to encourage more New York residents to register as organ donors.
Senator Flanagan, who is a proud father of three, is honored to be following the path of his father, the late John Flanagan, who served in the New York State Assembly from 1972 to 1986.