Your State Senator

Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Republican-Conservative-Independence, was first elected to the State Senate in 2008. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he served as an Erie County Legislator, from 1989 to 2008.

Shortly after being elected, Senator Ranzenhofer established himself as one of the most outspoken State Legislators in opposition to record increases in taxes and spending in both the 2009 and 2010 State Budgets.  His budget priorities have been to fix New York’s fiscal challenges by cutting spending and lowering taxes, creating a more favorable business environment so that the private sector can create jobs.

As Chairman of the Senate Corporations Committee, he worked with many non-profit organizations and the New York State Bar Association to pass legislation to overhaul the State’s not-for profit laws for the first time in over forty years. Additionally, he has authored numerous laws to eliminate dormant, unnecessary public authorities.  He has also led the charge to phase out the 18A assessment, more commonly known as the 2010 Utility Tax.

For his efforts on behalf of taxpayers, Senator Ranzenhofer has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business; Circle of Friends of the Farm Bureau; Outstanding Legislator by the Genesee County Chapter of the Shooters Committee for Political Education (SCOPE); 2013 Erie County Republican Committee Lincoln Leadership Award; 2013 NYS Magistrates’ Association Legislator of the Year; 2010 Business Advocate of the Year by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his legislative efforts, Senator Ranzenhofer organizes and sponsors Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair, providing dozens of free screenings and services to over one thousand residents annually.  Senator Ranzenhofer partners with local law enforcement agencies to increase awareness about properly secured child car seats, as well as working with Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center to ensure an adequate blood supply at area hospitals.


Senator Ranzenhofer serves as a citizen legislator, a dedicated public servant who still works and volunteers in the community.  He represents businesses and individuals in Erie, Genesee and Monroe County as a partner at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C.  As an attorney, Senator Ranzenhofer has an increased awareness of the impact that legislation from the State Capitol has on residents and businesses in the Western New York community.

Over the years, he has always devoted his time to local community organizations. He has served as a member of the Erie County Youth Board, Erie County Correctional Facility/Erie County Holding Center Consolidation Task Force, Jewish Family Services, Amherst Task Force on Substance Use/Abuse, the Clarence-Newstead Meals on Wheels Task Force and an advisor to the University at Buffalo Medical School Institutional Review Board.

He has also served on the Amherst Youth Advisory Board, Amherst South Rotary Club, the Amherst Youth Foundation, and Amherst Jaycees. In addition, he has volunteered as an Assistant Coach for the Amherst Soccer and Hockey Associations and for the Lou Gehrig Baseball and Softball Leagues.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1976, then continued on to receive a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from SUNY at Buffalo Law School in 1979. A longtime resident of the town of Amherst, he and his wife, Sue, have two children.

The 61st Senate District encompasses the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; Towns of Chili, Riga, Village of Churchville and parts of the City of Rochester in Monroe County; and all of Genesee County.