Steve McLaughlin has earned a reputation as an advocate for upstate residents and improving the quality of life in Rensselaer County during his service in the New York State Assembly. Following election in November, Steve began service as Rensselaer County Executive on January 1, 2018.

Steve was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1963, the third of four children of Arthur and Winifred McLaughlin. He was raised in Wrentham, Massachusetts, attending public elementary school and Xaverian Brothers High School.

He attended the Florida Institute of Technology and earned commercial and instrument aircraft ratings. He then studied finance at Arizona State University. He earned a B.A. degree from Empire State College (State University of New York) and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

During a career in aviation, Steve flew for a number of different airlines and commercial clients. During his career as a pilot, Steve compiled over 12,000 of hours of flight time. He flew for America West Airlines and US Airways, but along with many commercial pilots, was laid off after the September 11 attacks. He then entered the banking industry, and helped many families realize the dream of home ownership.

Steve was also called to public service, and was a candidate for State Assembly in 2008 against an incumbent, winning election to the seat in 2010. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2012, 2014 and 2016. As Assemblyman, Steve earned a reputation for his work to improve quality of life in upstate, fights against corruption in state government, opposition to infringements on the constitutional rights of state residents, and work on constituent issues. He was a tireless voice during efforts to restore clean drinking water to Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh in eastern Rensselaer County after contamination was discovered.

In 2017, Steve was elected as Rensselaer County Executive, pledging to revitalize and reenergize county government, continue fiscally responsible policies and advocate for the county and upstate residents. He looks forward to serving Rensselaer County residents during the coming four-year term.