This week, Albany Update profiles the congressional race in New York’s 20th Congressional District. The district includes all of Albany and Schenectady Counties, eastern Montgomery County, western Rensselaer County, and southern Saratoga County. In this contest, incumbent Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) faces Liz Joy (R-Schenectady).
Rep. Tonko—running on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Party lines—has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009. Prior to his congressional service, he was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors (from 1976 to 1983) and of the New York State Assembly (from 1983 to 2007). Between his Assembly stint and his congressional tenure, Rep. Tonko was the president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Rep. Tonko serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. His campaign centers on issues of health care, climate change, the economy, and social justice. He has also frequently shown his support for abortion rights.
Liz Joy—running on the Republican, Conservative, and Serve America Movement (SAM) Party lines—is a writer, a realtor, and a military mom. Joy writes a blog on the website of the Albany Times Union that offers a Biblical perspective on issues in the state and nation. In 2016, she authored a book entitled “How to Be Salt and Light: The Christian’s Guide to Voting.” In 2018, Joy was named President of Republican Women of Schenectady County. Her campaign focuses on health care, law enforcement, and border security. Joy publicly identifies as pro-life.
More information about this race, and other races throughout New York, is contained in New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s 2020 Voter Guide. The Guide is at NYVoterGuide.com.