Alton Waldon

Alton Waldon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
June 10, 1986 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byJoseph P. Addabbo
Succeeded byFloyd Flake
Member of the New York Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1999
Preceded byAndrew Jenkins
Succeeded byMalcolm Smith
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 33rd district
In office
January 1, 1983 – June 10, 1986
Preceded byJohn T. Flack
Succeeded byBarbara M. Clark
Personal details
Born
Alton Ronald Waldon Jr.

(1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 82)
Lakeland, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materJohn Jay College
OccupationJudge

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[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Military service and city career[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

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[edit]

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.

Judicial career[edit]

In June 1999, he was nominated to the New York Court of Claims;[2] and was confirmed by the State Senate in December.[3]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warmth and work greet Waldon". The New York Times. July 31, 1986. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Pataki Nominates a Democrat for a Judgeship by Jonathan P. Hicks, in The New York Times on June 9, 1999
  3. ^ Race Draws Unexpected Attention by Jonathan P. Hicks, in The New York Times on March 26, 2000
New York Assembly
Preceded by
John T. Flack
New York State Assembly
33rd District

1983–1986
Succeeded by
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

1986–1987
Succeeded by
Floyd H. Flake
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Andrew Jenkins
New York State Senate
10th District

1991–1999
Succeeded by
Malcolm Smith