Honorable John Sampson
Senator John Llewllyn Sampson, a lifelong Brooklyn resident, was appointed State Senate Majority Conference Leader in June of 2009. A product of New York City’s public school system, Sampson went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brooklyn College, and law degree from Albany Law School.
Sampson has represented the 19’h senatorial district since his election in 1996. The district includes Canarsie, parts of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East New York, Old Mill Basin, Starrett City, and Midwood.
He has long been committed to issues important to the community. Soon after being admitted to the New York State Bar in 1992, John Sampson began making his mark in the community as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York He represented clients in administrative and housing court proceedings, ensuring a voice for those in need.
In 1993, he joined the firm of Alter and Barbaro, Esq., where he represented clients in Real Estate, Criminal and Election matters. Presently, Senator Sampson is a partner at Gail Adams and Associates, located in Brooklyn, New York.
During his 13 years as a member of the upper house of the state legislature, Senator Sampson has conducted free legal clinics, immigration workshops and community forums on a variety of issues from healthcare to education.
Senator Sampson has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is also Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission.
As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Sampson conducted the confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the New York Court of Appeals, Judge Jonathan Lippman. Senator Sampson is committed to improving diversity within the New York State Court System calling for more hiring of minorities and women for judgeships.
Senator Sampson was instrumental in the recent passage of historic ethics legislation. Senator Sampson convened hearings throughout the state, collecting testimony from the community and good government groups. He was able to usher through the legislation in a bipartisan manner. The Senate adopted the unprecedented rules as the first step to increasing transparency and accountability of state legislators.
Sampson has been recognized by groups and organizations, which include: the Humanitarian Award from the Mid-Bedford Lions; New Yorkers Vision Award from the Greater New York Business League; and the Congressional Legal Service Award from Congressman Edolphus Towns.
He is a member of many professional and civic associations, currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School and Brooklyn Bar Association. He is a former member of the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Standing committee assignments 2009: Judiciary (Chair); Ethics (Chair); Banks, Codes, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Finance; Health; Insurance; Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.