Terry Gipson has over 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, experiential design, and public affairs. He’s held elected office in local government and the New York State Senate. Terry worked as a Senior Director for MTV Networks for many years before starting his own design company. He currently serves on the faculty at The State University of New York at New Paltz where he teaches Public Relations and Communications. Terry is a regular guest on WAMC Public Radio in Albany and an Adjunct Professor in Communications at Rensselaer Polytechnic University. Here’s Terry discussing voting and how it impacts the way that we communicate.
Career & Education: Prior to entering public service as an elected official, Terry worked as a Director and Designer for MTV Networks in New York City. He collaborated with network executives and producers to develop hundreds of entertainment and marketing events for MTV, Nickelodeon, CMT, Comedy Central, and other Viacom properties. In 2006, Terry launched Gipson Design Group to develop experiential marketing experiences for MTV, American Express, Disney, and other major corporate brands.
Terry has also worked as a Project Manager and Designer for David Rockwell Architecture and as a freelance Production Designer. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Pennsylvania State University. Terry has lived in New York for over 25 years and currently resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Michelle.
Public Service: Terry is former New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley. He was elected in 2012 and is the first Democrat to have represented the district since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1913.
Building stronger communities has been the cornerstone of Terry’s commitment to public service. He was a volunteer fireman in Hartsdale, NY and was elected to two terms as a Rhinebeck Village Trustee where he worked extensively on the development of new infrastructure. As a State Senator, Terry was the ranking member of both the Local Government and Agriculture Committees.
Environmental Advocacy: Senator Gipson fought to protect our drinking water by supporting a ban on Fracking and increased investments in the Environmental Protection Fund. In recognition of his commitment to environmental conservation, Terry received the highest possible rating from Environmental Advocates of New York.
Lyme Disease: Terry Gipson’s legislative work on behalf of Lyme disease victims is well documented. It was the advocacy efforts of his Senate office that led to the increased funding of Lyme disease research, and a new law protecting doctors that treat patients with long-term Lyme disease. Terry sponsored legislation to hold insurance companies accountable for covering the cost of Lyme disease treatment.
Community Support: Terry designed “Hire NY”, a program to help small businesses owners hire more people in their local community. He worked to create a more expedient family court system, and helped local organizations expand programs for victims of domestic violence and individuals with developmental disabilities. Terry is a staunch supporter of public school education and sponsored the bill that banned Pearson standardized testing.
Roots: Originally from Texas, Terry comes from a long line of farmers and laborers. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Penn State. It was his background in the arts and creative problem solving that inspired him to get involved in public service. Terry has lived in New York for over 25 years and resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Michelle, a native New Yorker.
Recent Campaigns: Terry continues to advocate for a government that puts the needs of the people first. Towards that end, he campaigned across New York State from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. (Buffalo and Queens events pictured below.) Here’s a link to the Gipson For New York campaign video “We The People”. Terry ended his campaign for Governor in March of 2018. Here’s a link to his statement http://www.terrygipsonny.com/gipson-ends-2018-campaign-for-governor-of-new-york