Terrence Brighton
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Brighton while working at the New York Times
Brighton while working at the New York Times
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 10th congressional district
Assumed office
January 3, 1979
President James Earl Carter, Jr.
Preceded by John Michael Murphy
Chairman of the New York State
Democratic Committee
In office
February 1, 1977 – January 2, 1979
President James Earl Carter, Jr.
Preceded by Patrick J. Cunningham
Succeeded by Dominic J. Baranello
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – December 31, 1977
President Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.
Preceded by Roy M. Goodman
Succeeded by Scott Bramford
Personal details
Born December 24, 1947
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Citizenship American
Political party U.S. Democratic Party logo (transparent) Democratic
Spouse(s) Evelyn Brighton (m. 1968)
Children Wayne Brighton (b. 1969)
Michael Brighton (b. 1970)
Kaelyn Brighton (b. 1971)
Alma mater New York University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
Religion Roman Catholicism

Terrence Wayne Brighton (born December 24, 1947) is an African-American politician serving as a U.S. Representative of New York's 10th Congressional District. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early LifeEdit

Terrence Brighton was born on December 24, 1947 to Theodore Brighton and Ruby Brighton in the city of Kingston, New York. Theodore was a state legislator for New York and ran his own law firm, while Ruby was his personal assistant at the firm. Terrence, an only child, attended Grapeville Christian Private School in Climax, New York. In 1964, he graduated this institution at the top of his class, and was accepted into New York University. Theodore had influenced his interest in politics, and Terrence also took some interest into the Civil Rights Movement.


Enrolled at New York University for his bachelor's degree in political science, Brighton became very involved in the student life and extracurricular activities. He was elected to be member of the Student Senators Council and was an editor for the student run paper, Washington Square News. Brighton also became involved in the foreign exchange program and stayed in France for one semester, and traveled to other parts of Europe. He soon became fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian. In 1968, he graduated Valedictorian with a major in political science, and a minor in French.

Brighton decided to continue to pursue a career in political science, and was enrolled at Columbia University for his Juris Doctor in 1968. Like NYU, Terrence became very involved in student life here, and joined the Columbia University Press and the Philolexian Society Club. He graduated in 1971.

Early CareerEdit

After graduating from Columbia, Brighton was hired as a writer and editor for the New York Times. Brighton mostly wrote articles analyzing current politics. His most notable involvement was helping to edit reports on the Pentagon Papers during the Nixon's presidency. He worked at the newspaper until 1975, when he became the campaign manager of Hugh Carey when he ran for governor. With this position, Brighton became better known within New York politics. This allowed him at one point to hold the chairman position in the New York Democratic Committee and become a member of the New York Congress, and it led him to run for being a U.S. Representative for New York in 1979.

Legislative CareerEdit

Political PlatformEdit

Brighton's current political interests and policies, though subject to change, include:

  • Nordic Model
  • Brinkmanship
  • Diversification of Energy
  • Free Universal Education
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Expansion of Free Trade
  • Increase in Minimum Wage
  • Tax Reform
  • Public Pension Plans
  • Increase in Military Budget
    • Expansion of intelligence agencies
    • Focus on more secret military operations