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Bill Green (New York politician)
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

In office
February 14, 1978 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Ed Koch
Succeeded by Carolyn Maloney
Constituency 18th district (1978–1983)
New York's 15th congressional district|15th district (1983–1993)
Member of the
New York State Assembly
from New York County's 9th district

In office
January 3, 1965 - December 31, 1968
Personal details
Born Sedgwick William Green
(1929-10-16)October 16, 1929
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 14, 2002(2002-10-14) (aged 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Harvard University (BA, JD)
Occupation Attorney

Sedgwick William Green (October 16, 1929 – October 14, 2002) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He represented a district covering most or all of Manhattan's East Side. To date, he is the last Republican to have represented Manhattan in the U.S. House.

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Bill Green was born on October 16, 1929 in New York City, the son of Louis A. Green and Evelyn (née Schoenberg) Green.[1] His father was a wealthy investor who was one of the main shareholders in Grand Union, and Bill Green grew up in Manhattan.[2] He graduated from The Horace Mann School in 1946, Harvard University in 1950, and Harvard Law School in 1953. From 1953 to 1955, he served in the United States Army. After leaving the army, he was legal secretary for U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C.) Judge George T. Washington before leaving to practice law.[citation needed] From 1961–64, Green was the chief counsel to the New York Joint Legislative Committee on Housing and Urban Development. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1965–68, sitting in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. Afterwards he was the New York City director of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.[citation needed]

Green was elected as a Republican to the 95th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ed Koch, and was re-elected to the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd United States Congresses, holding office from February 14, 1978, to January 3, 1993. A mostly liberal Republican, he was one of the few members of his party to have a long run in office from a city long dominated by Democrats.[citation needed]

Redistricting to the 14th district made his district slightly friendlier to Democrats, and he narrowly lost his 1992 re-election bid to New York City Councilwoman Carolyn Maloney.[3] Green sought the Republican nomination for Governor of New York in 1994, but was defeated by State Senator George Pataki.[4] As of the 2018 elections, Green is the last Republican to represent a Manhattan-based district. The Republicans have only made one substantive bid for the seat–renumbered as the 12th in 2013–since Green left office, and have never cracked the 40 percent barrier in the district.

Death[edit | edit source]

Bill Green died of liver cancer on October 14, 2002 in New York City.[5]

See also[edit | edit source]

  • List of Jewish members of the United States Congress

References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
John R. Brook
New York State Assembly
New York County, 9th District

Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
72nd District

Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel
Preceded by
Louis DeSalvio
New York State Assembly
66th District

Succeeded by
Stephen C. Hansen
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ed Koch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert García
Preceded by
Leo C. Zeferetti
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Rangel

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