Parker to serve as whip for Senate Dems

Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn.


Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has appointed Sen. Kevin Parker minority whip in the Democratic Conference.

The Brooklyn senator said he was “honored to be given the important leadership position.”

“I am looking forward to continue working with my colleagues in developing a legislative agenda and passing bills that will help the state of New York to grow,” Parker said. “Now more than ever, we as legislators at the state level need to govern in way that helps the struggles families to make ends meet especially in this climate of fear and despair.”

“Senate Democrats represent the cities, the suburbs and of the most rural areas of New York State. I understand the challenges that face all regions of this great state. As such, I will play an essential role in communicating our leadership’s message of economic growth, fiscal responsibility and prosperity for all New Yorkers,” Parker said.

Parker serves as the Ranking Democratic Member of the Senate Committees on Energy and Telecommunications, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He is also sits on several committees, such as Banks; Higher Education; Rules; Insurance; Finance; and Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

Parker is the assistant democratic leader for intergovernmental affairs for the Senate Democratic Conference, and is a member of the Senate Policy Group as well as the Senate Democratic MWBE Task Force.

“Senator Kevin Parker has been a long time member of our conference, and he is deeply committed to our Democratic values. I know he will continue to be a strong voice for all New Yorkers and I thank him for his service. That is why I am proud to name Senator Parker as Senate Democratic Conference whip.”

This is the second time that the Brooklyn lawmaker will be holding the leadership position. He served as minority whip in the 2007-2008 legislative term.