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David Patterson

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May 20, 1954

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David Alexander Paterson is an American politician and the current Governor of New York. He is the first legally blind and the first black governor of New York. He is also the first Jamaican-American governor. He is one of two black governors in the United States, the other being Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. For the first time in U.S. history, two black governors are serving concurrently.

After graduating from law school, Paterson worked in the District Attorney's office of Queens County, New York, and on the staff of Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins. In 1985, he was elected to the New York State Senate to a seat that was once held by his father, former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson. In 2003, he rose to the position of Senate Minority Leader. Paterson was selected as running mate by then New York Attorney General and Democratic Party nominee Eliot Spitzer in the 2006 New York gubernatorial election. They were elected in November 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, and Paterson took office as Lieutenant Governor on January 1, 2007.

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