Steve McLaughlin is a Capital District Assemblyman representing the 107th Assembly District, which includes parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties in Upstate New York. Steven Francis McLaughlin was born October 4, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts, the third of four children. His father, Arthur W. McLaughlin, was born and raised in Boston. An Army veteran of the Second World War, he served in the Pacific theater and later became a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. Arthur passed away during Steveís senior year of high school. Steveís mother, Winifred (Hanlon) McLaughlin, grew up in Boston. Her father Daniel, an Irish immigrant, was a truck driver and proud Teamsters member. Winifred also worked for the U.S. Post Office, eventually rising to the rank of Postmaster. Wanting a better life for their young family, Winifred and Arthur worked and saved, becoming the first in their respective families to purchase a home, moving from Boston to the suburb of Wrentham, MA. Steve had a typical suburban childhood and enrolled in public school at Xaverian Brothers High School. Steve attended the Florida Institute of Technology and received his commercial and instrument airplane ratings as he pursued his dream of becoming an airline pilot. He then moved on to Arizona State University, where he studied finance. Steve received his bachelorís degree from USNY and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Steve began his aviation career here in Albany with Mall Airways. At the same time, he started a small lawn-care business to make extra money to repay his student loans. His next job was with another commuter airline, Brockway Air, which became Metro Air Northeast. When that airline shut down during the first Gulf War, Steve flew as a corporate pilot for Key Bank. From there, Steve flew the Airbus and Boeing 737 for America West and US Airways. Steve compiled over 12,000 hours of flight time (approximately 1Ĺ years), with a perfect safety record. Steve next entered the mortgage-banking industry with Citizens Bank. Through hard work and dedication, he became a member of the prestigious Presidentís Club within one year and was ranked in the top 10 percent of all loan officers. Steve enjoyed working with his clients and helping them pursue their dream of home ownership. As an Assemblyman, Steveís focus is putting New Yorkers back to work, reducing wasteful government spending and cleaning up corruption in Albany. Steve opposes state governmentís tax-and-spend approach and supports fiscal responsibility. He also has supported the nationís strongest ethics reform, including a full disclosure of government officialsí outside income and term limits for legislative leadership. Steve and Maggie (Bartis) McLaughlin were married in August 1991. They have two active boys, Danny, age 16, and Sean, 15, who play baseball, hockey, basketball and soccer and attend Hoosick Valley High School. Both have been elected to the student council by their peers and have been altar servers at St. Bonaventure in Speigletown. Danny recently received an award along with five of his classmates and top students from around the Capital District in fitness, leadership and citizenship. Sean was the only student in his school to earn the Presidential Fitness Award last year. Maggie taught for 14 years at Glenmont School in Bethlehem and currently teaches pre-kindergarten in Lansingburgh at Turnpike Elementary. In the family tradition of community service, Maggie served as Chairman of the Schaghticoke Youth Commission, taught religious education at St. Bonaventure, was a member of its Parish Council and served as president of the Hoosic Valley Parent Teacher Organization. When he is not representing the taxpayers and job creators of the 107th Assembly District, Steve works for Monolith Solar in the private sector.