Biography of Michael Arcuri


Congressman Mike Arcuri is currently serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents New York’s 24th Congressional District in central New York.

Arcuri serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Rules Committees. Serving with Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter, of Rochester, Arcuri continues New York’s strong tradition of leadership on the Rules Committee.

In Congress, Arcuri has fought hard to promote economic growth for Upstate. From his position on the Rules Committee, Arcuri was able to shepherd major small business tax relief legislation through the House, providing $1.3 billion in relief for small businesses and family farms. He also introduced a bill – which passed the House – to create a Northern Border Economic Development Commission to provide vital job creation and development resources to the Upstate region.

Congressman Arcuri is also dedicated to expanding the dream of opportunity to all Americans. With this in mind, he proudly supported the largest expansion of federal education assistance, through student loans and Pell Grants, to university and community college students since the GI bill. In the 110th Congress, Arcuri has also delivered on his promises – passing legislation to expand investments in alternative energy, provide the critical resources needed to help our veterans, raise the minimum wage, promote life-saving stem cell research technologies, and reduce taxes on hard-working middle class tax-payers.

Having served as Oneida County District Attorney for 13 years, Arcuri is committed to fighting crime and ensuring that the U.S. is protected from terrorism. During his first days in Congress, Arcuri supported legislation – now law – to implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations. As a D.A., Arcuri had a conviction rate over 85%, putting hundreds of sex offenders behind bars, and successfully convicting over 94% of felony drug arrests. Arcuri also earned the respect of his peers and was elected President of the New York State District Attorney’s Association.

Congressman Arcuri is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he received all-American honors as a football player. Arcuri received his J.D. from New York Law School in New York City, and returned to Utica, where he ran his own small legal practice and served as legal counsel for the New Hartford Central School District’s Board of Education.

Congressman Arcuri was born and raised in Utica. His mother and two sisters still live in the area. Arcuri lives in Utica with his wife, Sabrina, and their three children.

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