Jose Peralta became the first Dominican-American elected to the New York State Senate in March 2010 after winning a special election to complete the term of Hiram Monserrate. He was reelected that same year in a general election. Senator Peralta has since won reelection in the 2012 and 2014 general elections, winning by wide margins.
Senator Peralta represents the 13th State Senate District, covering Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, and parts of Woodside and Astoria, the most diverse district in the United States. It is the United Nations of all State senate districts.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Jose Peralta served in the New York State Assembly from 2002 to 2010, representing the 39th Assembly District.
He is the Ranking Democrat of the Labor Committee, and also serves as a member of the Cities; Consumer Protection; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Education; Finance; and Higher Education Committees.
Jose Peralta is a member of the New York Senate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian caucuses, and of the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force.
He works relentlessly to provide his constituents and seniors with good jobs, safe streets, high achieving schools, and affordable housing.
Senator Jose Peralta has lived in Queens for more than 30 years. He is the product of the borough’s public schools, including Queens College, where he graduated in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. At Queens College, Jose Peralta was the student body president, a position that allowed him to work on issues pertaining to higher education, issues he continues to fight for on the Higher Education Committee of the Senate.