Born and raised in New York City Jesse Hamilton graduated from Ithaca College, earned an M.B.A. from Long Island University in 1990, and then a J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1994. Jesse and his wife Lorna-- Brooklyn residents for over 30 years--are parents of Carla and Jesse IV.

In the New York State Senate, Jesse Hamilton--representing portions of Crown Heights, East Flatbush, and Brownsville--helped lead the fight to enact the "raise the age" law. As a result of Hamilton's work, children--a majority of whom are minority group members-- charged with non-violent misdemeanors, are no longer treated as adults. Hamilton also passed the ground-breaking "Briana's Law"--named for 11-year old Briana Ojeda--requiring police CPR retraining every two years. Briana died after a severe asthma attack. Tragically, responding police were not CPR trained.

Additionally, in partnership with New York City Park, Jesse Hamilton launched the first-ever Brooklyn Senior Games, helping older residents engage actively with their peers through sports and recreational activities. As an activist for the youth programs and innovative learning, he started the first technology hub in public housing, providing local youth training in coding, helping them prepare to enter the new tech economy.

Prior to his State Senate service, Hamilton was a New York City Department of Finance tax reduction claims hearing officer and a nearly three-decades-long District Council 37 member. The Lincoln Civic Block Association, led by Hamilton, helped bring Benny Lyde's killers to justice. Jesse Hamilton organized community youth-directed anti-gun programs. Jesse was also President of the Rosa Parks Independent Democratic Organization. He is a member of the New York State Bar and Brooklyn Bar Association and provided Pro Bono legal services to neighborhood youth.