Having lived in the same Irondequoit neighborhood most of his life, Joe Morelle’s passion in fighting for Monroe County families is borne from his deep love for his community.
Born in 1957, Joe is a graduate of Eastridge High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo. He is an inductee of the Eastridge High School Hall of Fame and the State University of New York Alumni Honor Roll. Joe and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children. Mary Beth teaches in the East Irondequoit School District, which all three Morelle children have attended.
Since his election to the New York State Assembly in 1990, Joe has authored more than 200 laws and established himself as a leader on the issues that matter most to the people of Upstate New York. Joe is particularly recognized for his efforts to improve New York’s business climate. That is especially true in Upstate New York, which has experienced severe job and population losses since the early 1990s. A former small business owner himself, Joe is a lifelong Upstate resident who understands the region’s unique challenges.
In January 2013, Joe Morelle was honored to be appointed Majority Leader of the Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver. As Majority Leader, Joe is responsible for the day-to-day operational duties of the Assembly chamber including running the floor during debates. In addition, Joe is a member of the Rules Committee.
Prior to becoming Majority Leader, Joe served as chair of the Assembly’s standing committees on Insurance, Tourism, Small Business and Ethics. He has held positions on the Ways and Means, Economic Development and Higher Education committees.
Joe’s career in the Assembly is the latest phase in a long history of public service. In 1983, he was elected to the Monroe County Legislature, where he eventually served as vice president and assistant majority leader. He served there until his successful bid for the Assembly’s 132nd District seat in 1990. The district today comprises the Charlotte, Maplewood and North Winton Village sections of the City of Rochester and the towns of Irondequoit and Brighton.