A Hard-Nosed Nationally Recognized Prosecutor and Advocate
Anyone worried that Long Island is losing a progressive voice with the retirement of gun safety and women’s health champion Carolyn McCarthy need no longer worry - with the election of Kathleen Rice the progressive voice will be heard loud and clear in Congress. Nationally recognized for her efforts to combat drunk driving, substance abuse and consumer fraud, Kathleen received McCarthy’s endorsement almost immediately; "Kathleen's candidacy gives me hope for my legacy, for the future of Long Island and the future of our nation," McCarthy said. EMILY’s List has been proud to support Kathleen and we know she will be an excellent successor to EMILY’s List alum Carolyn McCarthy.
A Fighter for Consumers, Workers, and Women's Health
During nearly a decade on the job, Kathleen has used the District Attorney's office to root out cheating and corruption, from the classroom to the boardroom. After uncovering a massive SAT cheating scandal, Kathleen implemented a number of security upgrades to safeguard the system. She cracked down on businesses for unpaid taxes and underpaid workers, while aggressively prosecuting identity theft and insurance scams. Her crusade against drunk driving, which included tougher penalties for those who drink and drive with children in the car or injure other motorists, was praised by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Proudly pro-choice, Kathleen authored an op-ed calling for codification of the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, writing, "our reproductive health rights… should be affirmative confirmations of our belief in the importance of healthy women and families."
A Decisive Victory in a Competitive Election
The first woman to serve as Nassau County's chief law enforcement officer, Kathleen won re-election to this "quintessential swing" county by nearly 19 points in 2010, a disastrous year for Democrats nationwide.The GOP considered her district a “likely pickup opportunity,” but thanks to the support of the EMILY’s List community, Kathleen won her election in a decisive victory.