Nancy Larraine Hoffmann

Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (born September 22, 1947, Needham, Massachusetts) is a Republican former New York State Senator from central New York.

Hoffmann was a member of the Syracuse, New York City Council.[1] She was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1984 as a Democrat.[2] In 1998, she became a Republican.[3] She served in the New York State Senate from 1985 to 2004.[4]

In 2004, Hoffmann was challenged in a Republican State Senate primary in District 49 by Tom Dadey.[5] Hoffmann's support for abortion rights was controversial, and she had drawn conservative criticism for her support of budget legislation that raised income taxes and sales taxes. Republican committees in all four counties in Hoffmann's district withdrew their support from her.[6] Hoffmann defeated Dadey in the Republican primary and then faced a general election battle with Oneida-based Democrat David J. Valesky and Dadey, who ran on the Conservative Party line and the Independence Party line.[7] She lost to Valesky by 742 votes in the three-way race.[7][8] Dadey, who received 13,234 votes,[8] was blamed for Hoffmann's defeat by her supporters[7] and by other Republicans.[9]

In 2006, Hoffmann indicated that she would run for Lieutenant Governor that year. On May 19, 2006, however, she announced that she was dropping out of the race.[10]


  1. ^ "For Senate Democrats Thinking of Switching Parties, Cautionary Tales Abound". City&State. October 13, 2008. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Schmalz, Jeffrey (1988-01-11). "Metro Matters; In Land of 'Oz,' A State Senator Breaks the Rules". New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  3. ^ Hicks, Jonathan P. (10 November 2004). "In Syracuse, a Shaky Hold on a Senate Seat" – via
  4. ^ Weiner, Mark (28 August 2018). "When John McCain showed his humanity for Vietnamese immigrants at Stickley plant".
  5. ^ Walters, Jolene (2004-05-21). "GOP races turning crazy". Auburn Citizen.
  6. ^ WALTERS, JOLENE. "Oneida GOP leaders back Dadey". Oneida Dispatch.
  7. ^ a b c Baker, Chris (September 14, 2018). "Dave Valesky needs 83% of absentee vote to overcome Rachel May in NY Senate primary". syracuse.
  8. ^ a b "2004 New York State Senate Election Results" (PDF).
  9. ^ Riede, Paul (February 17, 2011). "Onondaga County Republican Party chairman Tom Dadey's mission: Rebuild the GOP". syracuse.
  10. ^ May 19, Elizabeth Benjamin on; PM, 2006 at 1:13 (19 May 2006). "Hoffmann Ends 8-Week LG Campaign". Capitol Confidential.
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Martin S. Auer
New York State Senate
48th District

Succeeded by
James W. Wright
Preceded by
John A. DeFrancisco
New York State Senate
49th District

Succeeded by
David J. Valesky
Preceded by
New York State Senate
Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture

Succeeded by
Patricia McGee

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