Biography

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley
Steve Hawley was elected to serve the 139th Assembly District on February 28, 2006. His district includes all of Genesee County; the towns of Clarkson, Hamlin, Sweden and Riga in Monroe County; and all of Orleans County, except the Town of Shelby.

Hawley serves as Deputy Minority Leader of the Minority Conference while also serving on the powerful Rules and Ways and Means Committees, Veterans’ Affairs, Agriculture and Insurance Committees. He was also a leading member of the Assembly Minority Task Forces on Preventing Domestic Violence and Critical Infrastructure and Transportation.

Hawley operates a district office in Albion, NY, holds 10 district-wide town hall events every year, and has bi-weekly office hours in Brockport and Batavia. All locations are open to the public to share their thoughts and concerns about state government.

A Batavia native, Hawley graduated from Batavia High School and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio. He served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserves, earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

As a lifelong advocate for veterans, Hawley hosts an annual Patriot Trip to Washington D.C. each fall, with hundreds of local veterans and family members touring the nation’s most revered monuments and memorials. The 12th annual Patriot Trip will take place in 2019.

A small-business owner, Steve Hawley brings experience in agriculture, insurance and real estate to the Assembly. A former owner and operator of Hawley Farms, he currently owns ‘The Insurance Center,” a full service property/casualty insurance agency founded in 1867 and located in Batavia. He also holds a real estate license, selling residential and commercial property in the Western New York area.

Committed to his community, Hawley comes to Albany with a long history of public and charitable service. He has served on the Genesee County Legislature, the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation, Genesee Center for Independent Living, Genesee County Planning Board, and the Genesee Valley BOCES Board of Education.

Hawley also served on the Board of Directors of the Genesee Area YMCA, Chair of Genesee County United Way Campaign, as President of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County and President of the Genesee County Farm Bureau. He is a member of the Batavia Rotary Club, American Legion Glenn Loomis Post 332, and a life member of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department. He also is a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia.

Mr. Hawley is spearheading the ‘Two New Yorks’ bill – legislation that would provide for a statewide ballot question of, “Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?” He has also authored legislation making it easier for public schools to hire school resource officers around the state and to create a 90-day residency requirement for recipients of public assistance benefits.

Hawley helped pass legislation to reform the state’s charitable gaming laws, making it easier for churches, fire departments, Service Clubs and non-profits to hold raffles that benefit their organization. He was also one of the first public officials to tour the devastating flooding along Lake Ontario’s southern shoreline in 2017 and spearheaded a $90 million relief package aimed at helping small businesses and homeowners recover from the disaster.

Assemblyman Hawley resides in the Town of Batavia. He is the proud parent of two sons, Brooks and Cooper. Hawley is the son of former Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley and Ellen Hawley.