A lifelong resident of Amsterdam, Paul has served as a progressive champion in the United States House of Representatives for the Capital Region since 2009. He is running for re-election to strengthen the voices of his constituents, and Americans everywhere who value good jobs, quality education, and economic and social justice.
Paul studied at Clarkson University in Potsdam, where he earned a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. As one of the few engineers in Congress, he takes a unique, measured and analytical approach to legislating. It’s the same approach he took as the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well as during his twenty-five years in the New York State Assembly.
As a senior member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce – and the Chairman of its subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change – Paul continues to push for a clean energy economy that enhances public health and pioneers an emerging market for new jobs. He also serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and on the House Committee on Natural Resources, positioning him as a leading architect of climate action in Congress.
New York’s 20th Congressional District includes all of Albany and Schenectady Counties, and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. The communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and Amsterdam all lie within the district’s boundaries.
Among other issues, Paul's priorities include:
continuing to bring quality jobs to the Capital Region and providing the tools local businesses need to hire, expand and thrive;
a national clean energy policy that harnesses and encourages the unique type of innovation for which our region is known;
strengthening health care and making the Affordable Care Act work for everyone, especially for those with mental health and substance use issues;
investing in our infrastructure – both above and below ground – to upgrade our roads, bridge, pipes, and water systems;
getting big money out of politics;
fighting “alternative facts” and protecting the principle that truth and facts trump politics and spin through clear-cut legislation like the Scientific Integrity Act;
fighting the clear and present danger of climate change as well as those in Congress who refuse to take action on the single largest national security threat we face today;
protecting and promoting our National Heritage Areas;
advancing STEM education and meeting the needs of future job markets, and
ensuring equal access to the ballot box for all.