Michael J. Norris was elected on November 8, 2016 to the New York State Assembly and re-elected in 2018 and 2020. His district includes parts of Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties.
As a Member of the Assembly, Mike has focused on improving our infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and parks, along with the library system in the Western New York region. He has also fought for stronger ethics laws, including pension forfeiture, supported a more open and transparent state government by sponsoring the State Contracts Sunlight Act, and championed legislation to expand coverage and opportunities for our volunteer fire service.
As Co-Chair of the “Learning for Work” Minority Conference Task Force, Mike has advocated for a greater emphasis of vocational job training opportunities and enhancing skill career paths for students.
Mike currently serves as Chairman of the Minority Conference, the Ranking Minority Member of the Election Law Committee, and as a member of the Rules, Ways and Means, Transportation, and Judiciary committees. Mike has also previously served as a member of the Aging, Cities, Health, Higher Education and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees.
Mike received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Niagara University and Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2006.
Since his admission to the Bar, Mike has engaged in general practice and is a partner in the law firm of Seaman Norris, LLP. He has served as the Town Attorney for the town of Lockport, town of Somerset, and village of Cassadaga; the Third Corporation Counsel for the city of Lockport; and the Prosecutor for the towns of Lockport and Hartland.Mike is a member of the Lockport, Niagara County, Erie County and New York State Bar Associations.
Previously, Mike worked for the New York State Senate and Assembly, served as a Niagara County Election Commissioner, and interned in the city of Lockport Mayor’s Office.
An active community leader, Mike is a member and past-President of the Lockport Rotary Club and member of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Lockport. He is also a past member of the Tony Nemi’s Youth Sportsman’s League and LCTV Board of Directors. Mike was one of 12 members selected in the Greater Niagara Newspapers’ Inaugural Under 40 Class in 2015 and received the Paul Harris Award from Lockport Rotary in 2013.
Mike is a lifelong Lockport resident and graduate of Lockport High School.