Steve McLaughlin is the Capital District Assemblyman, representing the 107th Assembly district in Upstate New York. Steven Francis McLaughlin was born October 4, 1963 in Boston, MA, the third of four children. His father, Arthur W. McLaughlin, was born and raised in Boston. He served in the Army during WW II in the Pacific. He worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for most of his adult life. He passed away during Steve’s senior year of high school.
Steve’s mother, Winifred (Hanlon) McLaughlin grew up in Boston, MA. Her father Daniel, an Irish immigrant, was a truck driver and a proud member of the Teamster’s union. She worked for the U.S. Post Office, eventually becoming Post Master. Wanting a better life for their young family, Steve’s parents were the first in their families to purchase a home. They moved from Boston to the suburbs, settling in Wrentham, MA.
Steve had a typical suburban childhood and attended public elementary school and Xaverian Brothers High School. Wanting to become an airline pilot, Steve attended the Florida Institute of Technology and received his commercial and instrument airplane ratings. He then attended Arizona State University and studied Finance. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Steve began his aviation career here in Albany, landing his first flying job with Mall Airways. He started a small lawn care business in order to make extra money to pay his student loans. His next job was with another commuter airline, Brockway Air, which became Metro Air Northeast. That airline shut down during the first Gulf War. Steve then flew as a corporate pilot for Key Bank. From there, Steve went to the major airlines and flew the Airbus and Boeing 737 for America West and USAirways. After 9/11, the airline industry was in chaos and Steve was laid off along with the bottom 36% of the seniority list of USAirways. Steve has compiled over 12,000 hours of flight time (approximately 1½ years) with a perfect safety record.
Landing on his feet, Steve entered the mortgage banking industry with Citizens Bank and through hard work and dedication within one year was in the Presidents club and ranked in the top ten percent of all loan officers. Steve enjoyed guiding his clients through the biggest purchase of their lives and helping them pursue their dream of home ownership. In addition to his duties of representing the people and small businesses of the 107th Assembly district, Steve currently works for Monolith Solar in the private sector.
On the personal side, Steve has two sons, Danny 20, and Sean 19. The boys played baseball, hockey, basketball and soccer while attending Hoosic Valley High School. Danny now serves in the National Guard and Sean attends Herkimer County Community College.