Jeffrey D. Klein
A lifelong resident of the northeast Bronx, educated in Bronx public schools, Klein holds a B.A. from Queens College, an M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a J.D. from the City University of New York Law School where he was also a member of the law review. 
New York Legislature
Prior to his role in the Senate, Klein served in the New York State Assembly, representing the 80th Assembly District for ten years, including as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation. First elected to the New York State Senate in 2004. Appointed as Deputy Majority Leader in 2009. In January 2011, Klein joined the Independent Democratic Conference along with Senators Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David Valesky (D-Oneida) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland). Standing Committee Assignments 2011: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (Chairperson), Local Government, Mental Health, Veterans, Cultural Affairs. 
Communist Party USA members Elena Mora and Gabe Falsetta wrote a report for the People's World, of November 19 2004 "Many positives in N.Y. elections," commenting on the gains made by "progressive" candidates.
- The big gains were at the state level. State Senate seats were won by some progressive Democrats:
- Jeffrey Klein won in the 34th District (Bronx, Westchester County) with the help of labor. He takes the Senate seat formerly held by Republican Guy Velella, who has been convicted of corruption charges.