Meet Chol Majok

Chol and Abiei have been married for twelve years. Chol and Abiei have five children: Akuch, Gop, Majok, Akau, Yar, and introducing the newest addition to the Majok family, a beautiful baby girl named Agoot. They are proud homeowners in Syracuse's Elmwood neighborhood. 

They are members of the Diäŋdït Episcopal Chapel, where Chol serves as the Senior Warden. Chol is also a board member of Toomey Residential and Community Services, an executive member of the New American Forum (NAF), and Program Chair for OnPoint for College

Chol's Story


Chol was born in South Sudan. As one of the “Lost Boys” of South Sudan, he came to the United  States in 2001 as a refugee and became a U.S. citizen. Chol’s lived experiences continue to shape his agenda to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to live the American dream. 

Chol is a 2004 graduate of Fowler High School, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2008, an MA in Political Science from the University of Albany in 2015,  and his Doctorate Degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in 2020.  


Chol believes in listening and bringing community input into the political arena. He worked in the New York State  Senate for Senator Martin Golden as a Senate Fellow and for Senator David Valesky as Community Engagement  Representative. As the City of Syracuse Director of Constituent Services under Mayor Stephanie Miner, he listened to neighbors and brought their concerns and ideas back to City Hall. 

As Workforce Development Director for the Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Chol helped community members find pathways to meaningful jobs and careers that supported them in their path toward building financial security. Recently, Chol served as Director of Community Engagement and Home Ownership at Home HeadQuarters. 

As Syracuse’s 3rd District Common Councilor, Chol chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee. Under his leadership, Chol advanced police reform legislation. Chol moved stalled “Right to Know” legislation out of committee,  giving Syracuse citizens access to information when stopped by police.


Working with Councilor Patrick Hogan and the Syracuse Police Department, Chol responded to neighbors' complaints and introduced legislation putting restrictions on illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles on city streets and public spaces. Chol collaborated with the  Mayor's Office to increase the Citizen Review Board budget to investigate more cases. He worked to provide much-needed upgrades to Fire and Police Department equipment.  

Chol In The News

From 'Lost Boy' to congressman? Chol Majok hopes to take the 'American story' to D.C.

Overcoming Adversity as a Refugee to Become a City Councilor in Syracuse

Meet your next Congressional representative series: Chol Majok

Sudanese brothers mark future

Interview: NY 22nd Congressional District Candidate Chol Majok