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Anna Kaplan
New York State Senate (D-7th)

Originally from Iran, Kaplan came to the United States as a young teen to escape the Islamic Revolution. After attending high school in Chicago, she received a B.S. in Biology and later earned a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Following her graduation from law school, Kaplan worked at several New York City law firms. 


Anna settled in Great Neck, New York where she and her husband raised two daughters, and she felt a strong desire to give back to the country that had opened its arms to her as a child in need. In 2011, Anna was elected Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman for the Fourth District, where she passed groundbreaking legislation such as a town-wide ban on gender identity discrimination and worked across party lines to help the town achieve an AAA bond rating for the first time in its history. 


Anna first ran for New York State Senate in 2018, calling for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, sensible gun safety legislation, and increased economic development in Nassau County. Her election victory made her the first political refugee and the first Iranian-American elected to the New York State Senate.

Background Information

Residence: North Hempstead, NY

Occupation: New York State Senator

Previous Experience: Attorney

Prev. Public Service: Councilwoman for North Hempstead, NY: Great Neck Library Board of Trustees; North Hempstead Board of Zoning and Appeals;

Education: BS Yeshiva University; JD Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Marital Status: Married