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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 6th district
June 10, 1986 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||Joseph P. Addabbo|
|Succeeded by||Floyd Flake|
|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 10th district
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1999
|Preceded by||Andrew Jenkins|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm Smith|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the 33rd district
January 1, 1983 – June 10, 1986
|Preceded by||John T. Flack|
|Succeeded by||Barbara M. Clark|
Alton Ronald Waldon Jr.
December 21, 1936
|Alma mater||John Jay College|
Alton Ronald Waldon Jr. (born December 21, 1936) is an American politician from New York who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1986 to 1987 in addition to stints in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 1986 and New York State Senate from 1991 to 2000, as a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and education
Born in Lakeland, Florida, Waldon graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1954 and went on to earn a B.S. from John Jay College in New York City in 1968 and a J.D. from New York Law School in New York City in 1973.
Military service and city career
Waldon served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959. He was appointed as NYS Deputy Commissioner of Human Rights in 1975. He served as counsel in the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
New York State Assembly
He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 1986, sitting in the 185th and 186th New York State Legislatures. Waldon was a delegate to the 1984 and 1988 Democratic National Conventions.
U.S. House of Representatives
In a special election to fill the New York's 6th congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives vacated by the late Joseph P. Addabbo, Waldon was elected as a Democrat to the 99th United States Congress in 1986 and served from June 10, 1986, to January 3, 1987. Waldon became the first elected African-American member of Congress from Queens, New York.
In September 1986, Waldon ran for a full term, but was defeated in the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic, majority-black district—by Floyd H. Flake. Waldon was then appointed to the New York State Commission of Investigation.
New York State Senate
He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1991 to 1999, sitting in the 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd and 193rd New York State Legislatures. In 1998, he tried to regain his congressional seat after Flake had resigned, but was defeated in the special election by state assemblyman Gregory Meeks, who still represents the district.
- United States Congress. "Alton Waldon (id: W000038)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|New York Assembly|
|Preceded by |
John T. Flack
| New York State Assembly |
Barbara M. Clark
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Joseph P. Addabbo
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 6th congressional district
Floyd H. Flake
|New York State Senate|
|Preceded by |
| New York State Senate |