Just a few weeks ago longtime New York State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle cruised to victory over his most recent opponent, Bridget Fleming, and his 19th term.
When he is sworn in this 19th term in January, he will share the distinction of being the longest-tenured senator in New York. A special report in The Suffolk Times recently took a look at the storied history of LaValle and his political history.
According to the Times, it has been 100 years since a Democrat, Thomas H. O’Keefe in 1912, was elected to represent New York’s 1st Senatorial District. LaValle first sought public office at the age of 37 in 1976 after a career as a teacher and school administrator in the Middle Country School District during the 1960s.
Click here to read the full special report in The Suffolk Times.