April Baskin, who represents the 2nd Legislative District, is the fourth woman to become Legislature chair and, at 36, is the youngest Chair in history and the only first term Legislator appointed to this position of leadership.
She now ranks as one of the more senior legislators in the Democratic caucus.
April’s election came during a special session on Monday, following the resignation of Peter Savage as chair to become a city judge. The new chairwoman won the podium by a vote of 8-2 in this election year, with all Legislature seats on the ballot this fall. She was sworn in by newly appointed Chief Judge Hon. Craig Hannah.
“ It’s an unexpected promotion that I intend to serve with diligence. I am grateful for the support of my colleagues, and I look forward to serving in this new leadership role,” remarked Chair Baskin.
An invocation was led by local NAACP President Reverend Mark Blue.
Chairwoman Baskin, a rising political star, was first elected to the Erie County Legislature in 2017 and was chosen to serve as the Majority Leader soon upon being sworn into office. She was again elected Majority Leader during the Legislature’s annual reorganization in January 2019.