Know Your Candidates: Dan Donovan
After getting a big boost in the form of an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan glided to an easy win in the GOP Primary in June over former U.S. Rep Michael Grimm.
Now, Donovan is facing another challenge, this time from Democrat Max Rose. Rose, a U.S. Army combat veteran making his first run at public office is trying to unseat the incumbent in the Nov. 6 general election.
Donovan is seeking his second full term in Congress. He won the House seat in a special election in May 2015 following the resignation of Grimm, who was convicted on federal tax fraud charges. Donovan served the remainder of Grimm’s term in office and then won election again in November 2016.
Donovan is the only Republican in New York City’s congressional delegation.
Prior to his election to Congress, Donovan served as the district attorney of Staten Island. Before that, he was the deputy borough president of Staten Island.
He is a lifelong resident of Staten Island. He lives with his fiancée, Serena Stonick, and their daughter Aniella Rose.
He maintains two district offices, one on Staten Island and the other at 7308 13th Ave. in Dyker Heights.
In the Republican-led house, Donovan is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. He is the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness.
Despite his endorsement from the president, Donovan has sought to portray himself as an independent-minded member of Congress. In 2017, he voted against the Trump tax cut bill, saying that the legislation was an unfair burden on New Yorkers.
On the campaign trail and in debates, Donovan has stressed his efforts to help military veterans.
The incumbent said he has worked to prevent cuts in services at the Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Health Care System, a hospital at 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge. He has met with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss health care for veterans and has held roundtable discussion with local veterans in his district to gather feedback. — Paula Katinas
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