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Susan Molinari

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Susan Molinari (born March 27, 1958) is an American politician, company executive, journalist and lobbyist from New York. A member of the Republican Party, she sat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1990 to 1997, representing Staten Island for three terms. Molinari, who was considered a rising star in the party, was selected to deliver the keynote address at the 1996 Republican National Convention. However, the next year, she resigned from Congress to become a television journalist for CBS News. Later she became a vice president for public policy at Google from 2012 to 2018. Molinari was born in Staten Island, New York, the daughter of Marguerite (Wing) and lawyer and perennial Republican politician Guy Molinari. She is the granddaughter of Italian-born Republican politician S. Robert Molinari. She graduated from the then SUNY Albany (now called the University at Albany, The State University of New York). She served on the New York City Council before winning a special election to the House of Representatives in 1990 as a Republican to replace her father, who retired from Congress to become Staten Island Borough President. Molinari is a member of the Advisory Board for WeProtect which is a global non-profit cooperation with the goal to protect children online and stop the crime of online child sexual abuse and exploitation. 1990 On January 1, 1990, her father, incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Guy Molinari, decided to resign in order to become Borough President of Staten Island. She ran for her father's seat in Staten Island-based 14th congressional district. On the eve of the special election, The New York Times endorsed Molinari because she "promises to add a moderate Republican voice to the city's Democratic-dominated congressional delegation". In March 1990, she defeated Robert Gigante 59% to 35%. 1992 After redistricting, she ran in New York's 13th congressional district. She won the Republican primary with 75%. In the general election, she defeated NYC Councilmember Sal Albanese 56%–38% and was elected to her first full term.
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