Biography

Luis Sepúlveda
In 1988, Luis R. Sepulveda graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in the Natural Sciences. While at Hofstra, Luis was invited to join the New College Honor’s program. He also founded the New College Review Journal and was elected president of the New College Student Government Association and a Senator to the Hofstra University Student Government Association.

After graduating from Hofstra University, Luis was accepted as a fellow to the Council on Legal Educational Opportunities. After successfully completing the CLEO program, he was awarded a three year scholarship to Hofstra University Law School. In 1991, Luis graduated from Hofstra Law School. After graduation, Luis worked with a midsize law firm in Long Island, New York.

Luis quickly realized that he wanted to establish a grassroots law practice based in an underserved community. Thus, he left the comfort and security of his job, and moved to the Bronx. He set up his law practice in the Parkchester section of the borough. He has been there now, for over 20 years.

Due to Luis’ efforts, and his community first philosophy, he was appointed counsel to several New York State Senators, and to the New York State Senate Majority Counsel’s Office. For years, he ran a pro bono project that provided free legal assistance and information to Bronx residents in need. For his efforts, in 1996, he was awarded the Louis Nine Award of the Black/Latino Legislative Caucus. The award is given to persons who provide outstanding service to the constituents of the 32nd Senate District, Bronx, New York. In 2011, the NAACP Youth Counsel awarded Luis the Community Service Award.

Luis has developed several initiatives designed to improve the lives of his constituents. He is the Co-Founder, along with State Senator Ruben Diaz, of the Parkchester Public Initiative and the Castle Hill Community Public Safety project and the West Farms/Lambert Houses Public Safety project. He is also the Co-Founder of the Cross Bronx Initiative, an organization formed to combat the devastating effects that traffic congestion on that expressway has on the health and commerce in the Bronx.

Luis has also organized several community-based workshops that provide much needed counsel for the communities that he serves. For example, the Free Tax Preparation Workshop assisted many who could not afford to have their tax returns prepared by professionals. With the NAACP, Luis also held a free Wills, Trust and Estates forum in Parkchester.

In November of 2012, Luis was elected to represent the 87th New York State Assembly district in the Bronx. Since then, as an Assemblyman, Luis has been a staunch advocate for privacy rights, reflected in the pieces of legislation that he's introduced, such as seeking to restrain the use of drones, and compelling law enforcement to acquire warrants for the use metadata in investigations. He also has focused on the importance of how policy can influence economic development through bills concerning exploring novel ways to finance college educations for our students, as well as developing a workforce education bill to help unemployed workers transition into new fields. And at the behest of the Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, Luis introduced legislation that seeks to provide funding for universal pre-kindergarten. These are just a few of the legislative mandates that Luis has committed himself to in order to re-imagine a more just social and economic landscape for all New Yorkers.

As an Assemblyman, Luis is a member of a number of committees: Aging; Agriculture; Banks; Corrections; and housing. He is also a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, and a member of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.

Since being elected to office, Luis has been steadfast in his involvement in his district. He has been committed to ensuring that he, and his office, are accessible and engaged. From requisitioning mammography vans to patrol various points in his district, to facilitating a Summer Reading Challenge to promote childhood literacy, Luis has been fervent in his desire to be a true public servant.

Luis has always demonstrated his concern for the community and an unwavering enthusiasm in improving the lives of the constituents of the Assembly district that he represents, and New York as a whole. And despite Luis’ active schedule, he still manages to be a doting father to his two sons, and a loving husband to his wife.