State Senator Kevin S. Parker is a prominent New York State Legislator who is distinguished as a savvy strategist, brilliant intellectual and an elder statesman. From the moment he was seated in the New York State Senate in 2002, his political prowess was evident and resulted in a meteoric rise through the ranks. He is the 5th Ranking Democrat in Senate leadership. Having the trust and respect of his colleagues, Senator Parker was appointed Majority Whip and serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Telecommunications with the added distinction of being its longest serving member.
A fierce champion of economic development, education, energy, domestic violence issues and human and civil rights, Senator Parker represents the intrinsically diverse 21st Senate District in Brooklyn. Senator Parker has grown up and spent his entire life in Brooklyn and is a product of the New York City Public School system, having attended P.S. 193, Andries Hudde I.S. 240, and Midwood High School.
He is a leading voice nationwide on energy matters, as well as the creator and primary sponsor of Intersolar Summit Northeast, the largest solar energy conference on the East Coast, which gathers experts in the field to discuss real solutions for bringing about a solar energy future.
With a strong background in the financial services arena, Senator Parker gained invaluable experience in the world of finance at UBS PaineWebber where he worked in government affairs of the Chairman’s office and focused on broad issues of importance to the financial service industry. As Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, he financed women and minority-owned businesses and promoted community business redevelopment.
An experienced educator, Senator Parker has been a professor of both African-American Studies and Political Science at several CUNY and SUNY colleges. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Service from Penn State and holds a Master of Science Degree from the New School for Social Research in Urban Policy and Management. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
He is a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of the Pi Eta Honor Society and is often quoted as saying: “Bring good into the world and let no good be lost.