Long Island native Ed Ra was elected to represent the people of the 21st district in the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010 and re-elected to represent the newly created 19th district in 2012. His district includes parts of the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County. Assemblyman Ra serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Education Committee and is a member of the Health, Labor, Codes and Higher Education committees. In addition, he also serves as Vice-Chair of the Minority Steering Committee and Vice-Chair of the Minority Task Force on School Safety. Ed Ra graduated from Loyola College in Maryland in 2004 where he served as a member of the Student Government Association for four years including as Senior Class President. He received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 2007 and LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008. Assemblyman Ra is admitted to practice law in N.Y., N.J. and Pennsylvania. Prior to his election, Ra served as a Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead and as a legal aide in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Assemblyman Ra is a member of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, a 3rd Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, 12 Apostles Council and a member of the Cellini Lodge #2206, Order Sons of Italy in America. Assemblyman Ra is a resident of Garden City South, where he lives with his wife, Laura.