U.S. House, NY-17
Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. Mondaire made history in 2021 as the nation’s first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Prior to running for Congress, Mondaire was a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. He serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus and Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.