Max N. Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 28, 1986. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn in 2004. He went on to receive a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University and M.S.C. in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He has also studied at Oxford University. While at Wesleyan he interned with Corey Booker, who was then mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Rose served nearly five years of active duty in the 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army. He was a platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013, where he was wounded after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northern Kandahar Province. For his service he was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge.
After leaving full-time military service, Rose served as Director of Public Engagement for Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson where he contributed to the development of several nationally recognized programs aimed at restoring trust between communities and the criminal justice system.
Later, he served as Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit operator of medical clinics in Staten Island and elsewhere in New York City where he gained experience navigating complex issues revolving around communities and their healthcare.
He also serves as a company commander in the New York Army National Guard with the 69th Infantry Regiment.
Rose was the Democratic candidate for New York’s 11th congressional district in 2018. He was not expected to win but upset his Republican challenger by 52.8% to 46.8%.
Rose supports improving transportation infrastructure in South Brooklyn and Staten Island. He favors lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 55, universal health care with a public healthcare option, and expanding access to clinics for treating opioid addiction. He also supports criminal background checks for gun purchases and an assault rifles ban. He believes that the United States should rejoin the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement as a way to lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Rose and his wife, Leigh, were married in March 2018. They reside in St. George, Staten Island.