Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas

New York State Assembly, District 34

Jessica is the first Latina and first out LGBTQ+ person to represent New York's 34th Assembly District!


New York State Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas represents the 34th Assembly District, which includes the diverse communities of Astoria, Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Woodside in Queens County. She has dedicated her life to fighting for immigrant rights, racial justice, LGBTQ liberation, health care access, labor power, and gender equity while forging connections between various progressive movements. Jessica is a progressive champion and brings her advocacy and organizing expertise to her work as an Assemblymember.

Since she assumed office in 2021, Assemblymember González-Rojas has introduced and passed several pieces of legislation on maternal health, transgender rights, transit access, election reform, worker protections, gun violence prevention, healthcare transparency, and more. She has also successfully advocated for funding in the state budget to increase outreach for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment in hard-to-reach communities, assistance to homeowners impacted by Hurricane Ida, and to require private insurers to cover all abortions at no cost to patients. In 2023, she was the lead Assembly champion on the universal school meals campaign, resulting in an investment of $135 million to provide free breakfast and lunch to 81% of New York’s students. Assemblymember González- Rojas is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Trafficking and Co-Chair of the Climate Action and Environmental Justice Subcommittee of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus. She currently serves as the North East Region Chair on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and serves on the Board of Directors of If/When/How, a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers committed to reproductive justice.

Before running for office, Jessica served in leadership for 13 years at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (formerly the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health), including as Executive Director. The nonprofit is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building power among Latinas to advance the health, dignity, and justice of over 30 million Latinas across the country. Jessica is currently adjunct faculty at New York University (NYU) School of Law and has served as adjunct faculty at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the City University of New York’s (CUNY) City College. She has taught courses on Latinidad, reproductive rights, and gender and sexuality. She recently co-instructed a course at the New York University School of Law. She has authored essays in multiple publications on those topics as well. Jessica holds a master’s degree from the NYU Wagner School, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Executive Leadership Program at the Columbia University Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude. Jessica lives with her partner and their son in Jackson Heights.