Congressman Daniel "Dan" M. Donovan, Jr. represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dan was elected on May 5, 2015 during a special election and sworn in on May 12, 2015.
Dan grew up on Staten Island, the only son of two working class parents. True to his modest upbringing, he worked his way through school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. John’s University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law as an evening student.
Dan has dedicated his life to serving the people of New York. He began his career as a prosecutor under legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau. After leaving the DA’s office, Dan began serving his native Staten Island as Chief of Staff to former Borough President Guy Molinari, then as Deputy Borough President to former Borough President James Molinaro. In 2003, Dan was elected Richmond County District Attorney, beginning 12 years of service in that office. During his tenure, he earned the Diversity Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association and was elected president of the New York State District Attorney’s Association.
Dan serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications. In that role, he exercises oversight of the federal government's anti-terror and disaster response policies, issues critical to Staten Island and South Brooklyn. Dan also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.