Marc W. Butler (R, C, I) was elected to the 113th District of the New York State Assembly in 1995. As a result of reapportionment he was elected in the fall of 2002 to the new 117th Assembly District, which includes Herkimer, Fulton and the northeastern portion of Otsego County. As a freshman legislator in Albany, he joined with several other legislators in developing the legislation that ultimately resulted in the STAR Tax Exemption Program. He is the Ranking Minority on the Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee and serves on the Assembly Agriculture, Higher Education and Insurance Committees. He was appointed in 2006 to the Assembly Minority Task Force on Hunting and Fishing and the Assembly Minority Task Force on Small Business. He is one of a very few Assembly Members to staff and operate two district offices within his Assembly District, which underscores his commitment to local constituent service. Previously, Mr. Butler served two terms in the Herkimer County Legislature. In 1993, he was elected Majority Leader of that body. Prior to that, he was a Newport Village Trustee and also served as the Villageís Deputy Mayor. In 1986, he joined Utica National Insurance, New Hartford, NY as a Corporate Communications Specialist. Upon his election to the Assembly, he resigned from that position in order to serve as a full-time state legislator. From 1976 to 1986, Marc was a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch. He spent most of his 10-year career with the ODís Herkimer County Bureau Office, where he reported extensively on local government and politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from SUNY Potsdam. A lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, he currently resides in the Village of Newport with his wife Susan. They have two children, Caitlin and Jeffrey.