NY-27: Christopher Jacobs (R)
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November 2, 2020 by TWN Staff

About Jacobs:

Chris Jacobs is a conservative, small businessman and New York State Senator representing Erie County in Western New York. First elected to the Senate in 2016 and re-elected in November of 2018, Jacobs has been a strong voice for Western New York. The first piece of legislation he introduced in the Senate was term limits for all state elected officials.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Jacobs was the first Republican clerk elected in Erie County in 40 years. As county clerk, Jacobs was credited with reforming the operations of the Office’s Real Estate Division. He was credited with building the clerk’s “Thank A Vet” Program, now the largest veterans discount program of its kind in the state. 

Jacobs is the founder and owner of Avalon Development. Founded in 2002, Avalon has redeveloped many vacant and historic buildings in Western New York. Jacobs has received numerous awards for bringing older buildings and the communities around them back to life. His projects have focused on providing unique and affordable space for small businesses.

His  first job after college was working in Washington, D.C., for former Buffalo Rep. and Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Jack Kemp. In 1994, Jacobs returned home to Western New York to start the BISON Scholarship Fund, a charity that raised donations to help send children to private and religious schools. 

Jacobs is married to Martina Jacobs and they have a daughter, Anna. He is a graduate of Boston College and has an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from SUNY Buffalo.

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