Max Rose (politician)

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Max Rose
Democratic candidate for
New York's 11th Congressional District
Election date
November 6, 2018
IncumbentDaniel M. Donovan, Jr.
Personal details
Max Nathaniel Rose

(1986-11-26) November 26, 1986 (age 35)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Leigh Rose
ResidenceSt. George, Staten Island
EducationWesleyan University (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
New York Army National Guard
Years of service2010-present
RankArmy-USA-OF-02 Captain
UnitUnited States Army 1st Armored Division CSIB.svg 1st Armored Division

69TH INFANTRY.png 69th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsRanger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge

Max Rose (born November 26, 1986) is a U.S. Army veteran, infantry company commander in the National Guard, and Democratic nominee for New York’s 11th congressional district (Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn). He is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to seek office in New York City.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rose graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in history in 2008 and earned a master's degree in public policy from the London School of Economics a year later.[2]

After completing his active duty service in the U.S. Army, Max moved to the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, where he now lives with his wife, Leigh. He volunteers for the anti-gun violence group Occupy the Block and serves on the board of the Staten Island Museum.[3]

Military service and early career[edit]

After completing his degree at the London School of Economics, Rose enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served five years of active duty with the 1st Armored Division. He completed the Army's Airborne and Ranger Schools. While deployed to Afghanistan, Rose served as a first lieutenant and combat platoon leader, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge for his service. [4] Rose is now a company commander in the 69th Infantry Regiment Army National Guard.[5]

In April 2013, when an improvised explosive device detonated under a Stryker vehicle Rose was in, he realized his life had been saved only because Congress had allocated funds for armor plating. This caused Rose to consider how to overcome political gridlock.[2][6]

After returning home from his military service, Max worked as Director of Public Engagement and Special Assistant to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, where he participated in the development of several nationally recognized programs to restore trust between the criminal justice system and the community it serves, including Begin Again.[2] Max went on to serve as Chief-of-Staff for Brightpoint Health a non-profit organization focusing on health for those under served.[4]

2018 U.S. House campaign[edit]

In August 2017, Rose entered the race to unseat incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan for New York’s 11th Congressional District,[7] joining a wave of approximately 300 veterans running for Congress this cycle, the highest number in decades.[8]  Donovan also faced a Republican primary challenge from his predecessor, former Congressman Michael Grimm,[9] who resigned from the seat in 2015 after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud.[10] The race gained significant national media attention in the months leading up to the primary. On May 30th, President Trump brought more attention to the race by tweeting his endorsement[11] of Donovan, citing his better chances to defeat Rose in November.[12]

In January 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Rose to its Red to Blue program, which supports Democratic candidates with fundraising and organizational support with the hopes of flipping regions from Republican to Democrat.[8] Rose has been endorsed by New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Representatives Joseph Crowley, Seth Moulton, Ted Lieu, Eric Swalwell, and Kansas City mayoral candidate Jason Kander.[13] Rose has become one of several candidates nationwide who has said he would not support Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House of Representatives if elected.[14]

On June 26th, Rose became the Democratic nominee in NY-11, securing more than 64 percent of the vote in a six-way primary.[15]

On July 13th, Rose's campaign was featured on the inaugural edition The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's "Uninformed Correspondent" segment, in which the show enlisted the services of an uninformed correspondent, Robin 'Bootsie' Plunkett, to cover one of Rose's campaign fundraisers.[16]

On July 31st, Rose announced he was going to stop accepting contributions from federal lobbyists. Prior to the announcement, Rose's campaign had already received $5,001.28 from registered federal lobbyists or employees of firms that lobby federally, which he donated to the Stephen Siller Foundation's Tunnel to Towers Smart Home program, which helps build homes for wounded veterans.[17]

Rose was forced to suspend campaign activities from August 5 - 20 while training with the National Guard.[18][19]

Primary results[edit]

New York's 11th congressional district Democratic primary, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Max Rose 10,712 64.7
Democratic Michael DeVito 3,150 19.0
Democratic Omar Vaid 1,441 8.7
Democratic Radhakrishna Mohan 647 3.9
Democratic Paul Sperling 392 2.4
Democratic Zach Emig 216 1.3
Total votes 16,558 100


  1. "National Dem Party Backs Rose To Defeat Donovan". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Can Hardnosed Jewish Purple Heart Turn Staten Island Blue?". The Forward. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  3. "Army Veteran Joins Race for Staten Island Congressional Seat". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "St. George soldier helps lead St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  5. "Back from Afghanistan, Jewish veteran faces fresh battle for Congress". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  6. "How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats' 2018 Hopes". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  7. "Army Veteran Joins Race for Staten Island Congressional Seat". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats' 2018 Hopes". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  9. Connolly, Griffin; Connolly, Griffin (2018-04-10). "Michael Grimm Qualifies to Run Against Donovan, Setting Up Showdown". Roll Call. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  10. Horowitz, Jason (2014-12-23). "Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty but Says He Won't Resign". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  11. "Donald J. Trump on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  12. Avila, Joseph De (2018-06-23). "Staten Island GOP Primary Pits Trump pLoyalty Against Trump Endorsement". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  13. "Rose Adds to Lengthy List of Endorsements". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  14. "Democratic candidates vow to dump Pelosi". Politico. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  15. Almukhtar, Sarah. "New York Primary Election Results". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  16. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2018-07-14), The Late Show's Uninformed Correspondent, retrieved 2018-08-08
  17. Jorgensen, Jillian. "Staten Island Democrat Max Rose vows to donate federal lobbyist cash, calls on Rep. Donovan to do the same - NY Daily News". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  18. "House candidate takes time off trail for National Guard duty". AP News. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  19. "Max Rose on leave from campaign trail to train with National Guard". New York Post. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-08.

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