Pete Lopez was first elected to the Assembly on November 7, 2006. The son of a working-class family, Pete scrubbed floors, stocked store shelves, baled hay and scraped fish -- all in the hopes of funding his college education and building a future in New York State. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Pete served as the Schoharie County Clerk, and as staff to the New York State Legislature for 21 years, where he worked with a broad range of public and private interests at the federal, state and local levels to improve the quality of life for the people of New York State. As Associate Director of the Senate Agriculture Committee (Senator John R. Kuhl, Jr., Chairman), Assistant Director of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (Senator Charles D. Cook, Chairman), District Office Director for Assembly Minority Leader John J. Faso and Executive Assistant to Senator John J. Bonacic, he focused on developing legislation and budget proposals, responding to constituent needs and advancing community projects. In addition to serving as Schoharie County Clerk, Pete also served as a village trustee, town councilman, and member of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, where he devoted himself to meeting pressing local concerns. While holding these offices, Pete was appointed to the Association of Counties' Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee and the Association of Towns' Statewide Legislative Advisory Committee. In recognition of his town and county service, Schoharie County Operation Desert Care awarded Pete the David Williams Award for Preservation of Freedom. A strong believer in volunteerism, he continues to support many organizations and has served as an altar server trainer, cantor and lector at St. Joseph's and St. Catherine's churches (now Our Lady of the Valley); a community band member; Red Cross water safety instructor; Schoharie Youth Soccer director and coach; Schoharie Central School Ski Club advisor; black belt karate instructor for the Zen Do Kai Martial Arts Association; Eagle Scout project advisor; member of an advisory committee on runaway and troubled youth; Executive Committee Member, Rip Van Winkle Boy Scout Council; Associate Member, Schoharie County Farm Bureau; Member and Chairman of the Schoharie Main Street Committee. He also was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Schoharie County. Additionally, Pete has served as a board member of Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, the SUNY Cobleskill Foundation, and the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association. An honors graduate of Schoharie Central School, the State University College at Cobleskill, and the University at Albany, where he earned a Masterís Degree in Public Administration, Pete has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Albany, the State University of New York's Golden Anniversary Chancellor's Recognition Award, the New York State Masons' General Douglas MacArthur Award for Service to Youth, the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce's Leader of the Year Award, and, most recently, the Times Journal Star of the Year Award in recognition of his efforts to help with recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Pete resides on Spring Street in the Village of Schoharie, and has a son, Brandon, who is currently enrolled in a law enforcement academy, and daughter, Stephanie, who is serving active duty in the U.S. Air Force.