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Five Questions with Patrick Gallivan

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan speaks during the Western New York Chamber Alliance's state legislative forum in February. (Photo by Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)

Patrick M. Gallivan

The basics
Age: 51
Job title: State senator, 59th district
Family: Married to the love of my life, Mary Pat Gallivan; reside with our children, Jenna, 27, and Conor, 19.
Education: Bachelor's degree from Canisius College, 1982; master's degree from SUNY Albany, 1992.
Party affiliation: Republican
Previous work experience: New York state trooper; Erie County Sheriff; member of New York State Board of Parole; president of GDY Professional Investigations.
State salary: $79,500

The questions
What's your favorite restaurant?
Mangia's Ristorante in Orchard Park

What music have you been listening to lately?
Jimmy Buffet, Bob Dylan

What's one thing people don't know about you?
That I went to college to be a teacher.

Who's your political hero?
Abraham Lincoln

Is there anything you learned as sheriff that's helped you in Albany?
My law enforcement training and experience helped to give me the ability to objectively consider all sides of an issue before coming to a reasoned and just conclusion.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN


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