Biography

An army veteran and former non-profit healthcare executive, Congressman Max Rose proudly serves New York’s 11th Congressional District, representing Staten Island and South Brooklyn. He lives in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island with his wife, Leigh.

Upon being sworn in, Max pledged to fight for Staten Island and South Brooklyn and focus on the transportation needs of his district, fighting the opioid epidemic, and rooting out corruption in Washington.

Max currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security. As a member from New York City, he will work to ensure our city and country are properly prepared to defend against any threats, while bringing fresh ideas and perspective to the Committee’s work, especially on emergency preparedness and response, infrastructure protection, and transportation security.

As a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Max is honored to also serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Serving in Afghanistan, and now as a member of the National Guard, Max has seen firsthand how our service members and veterans struggle when they return home. It's more important than ever that we take serious steps to improve veterans’ healthcare and make sure they can seamlessly access the benefits they earned. As the only combat veteran with experience in the healthcare sector set to serve in the 116th Congress, and Max believes he can bring a unique and much-needed background to these critical discussions. As a Member of the committee, he will work to get perverse incentives out of the system, deliver better and more affordable care, and ensure we are providing holistic care for those who put everything on the line to protect our country.

Max served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012-2013 and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Max is Ranger-qualified and continues to serve in the National Guard and is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to represent New York City.

Following his Army service, Max worked as Director of Public Engagement and Special Assistant to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. In that role, Max helped lead the development of nationally recognized programs to rebuild the trust between communities and the criminal justice system. This included the program Begin Again, which has allowed thousands of New Yorkers the chance to resolve outstanding low-level offenses without fear of arrest.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Max was the Chief of Staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that has effectively provided care and responded to the needs of underserved New Yorkers for more than 25 years.

Max received a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University and M.S.C. in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.