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Congresswoman Kathleen Rice represents New York's fourth congressional district, which includes diverse suburban communities in southern and central Nassau County on Long Island. Kathleen was first elected to Congress in 2014, and previously served as the District Attorney of Nassau County since 2006.

As a member of the Homeland Security and Veterans' Affairs Committees, Kathleen has emerged as a fierce advocate for veterans and for a tough and smart approach to combating terrorism and protecting the American people. A career prosecutor, Kathleen is a progressive Democrat known for her independent style and ability to work with people from both parties to take on big problems. In her first year in Congress, Kathleen passed two bills with broad bipartisan support - one to boost employment for veterans, and one to improve security procedures at our nation's airports.

As DA, Kathleen earned widespread acclaim for her efforts to combat drunk driving, and she's continuing that fight in Congress, introducing legislation to spur the development of advanced technology that can keep drunk drivers off the road. Kathleen has also been a longtime advocate for common-sense steps to prevent gun violence, and currently serves as a Vice Chair on the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

Some of Kathleen's other priorities in Congress include supporting small businesses and aggressive infrastructure investments, making college more affordable and relieving the student debt crisis, reforming our criminal justice and immigration systems, reforming our campaign finance system, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, combating climate change and creating good jobs and new economic opportunities on Long Island by making lasting investments in clean energy sources like wind and solar power.

As the Nassau County DA from 2006-2014, Kathleen's innovative crime-reduction strategies and progressive reforms helped show how law enforcement officials can be both tougher and smarter on crime.

Dubbed "the state's toughest DWI prosecutor" by the New York Daily News, Kathleen's nationally-recognized efforts to combat drunk driving led to statewide changes in DWI law and Long Island's first DWI-related murder convictions. In 2008, CBS's 60 Minutes profiled Kathleen's work to reduce drunk-driving, sparking a renewed national debate on local law enforcement's role in DWI prevention, prosecution, and education. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Kathleen with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and in 2014 she received the Governors Highway Safety Association's highest honor, the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.

In 2007, Kathleen launched an innovative, community-oriented strategy to eliminate one of Long Island's most prolific drug markets. The strategy paired community involvement with traditional law enforcement methods, progressive social service diversion, job training and education opportunities. Kathleen's efforts resulted in a 70% reduction in crime and a dramatic decrease in neighborhood violence. The strategy was profiled nationally on ABC News' PrimeTime and portions of it have since been adopted for use by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2011, Kathleen's first-of-its-kind investigation into widespread reports of college entrance exam cheating resulted in a series of convictions and a sweeping overhaul of national test-taking security protocols. The reforms Kathleen achieved helped level the playing field for honest kids and showed that modern district attorneys can play a unique role in our communities when other institutions and regulators fail to protect the public interest.

In keeping with a central campaign promise from when she first ran for office, Kathleen took down dozens of public officials for violating the public's trust. Kathleen's investigations into public corruption resulted in government reforms and led a Long Island newspaper to call her New York's "Eliot Ness."

As the county's chief prosecutor, Kathleen overhauled the training program administered to first-year prosecutors in the office, resulting in higher trial conviction rates, a reduction in plea bargaining, and more jail and prison time for violent criminals.

In addition to cracking down on violent crime, Kathleen launched several education initiatives that target the causes of crime. Her presentations, aimed at educating communities and youth about the dangers of drunk-driving, heroin and prescription drug abuse, identity theft and Internet crime, were given in more than 200 settings.

From 2013-2014, Kathleen served as president of the state District Attorneys' Association, where she lobbied extensively for criminal justice system reforms aimed at preventing wrongful convictions, strengthening animal cruelty laws, and improving protections for sex workers and human trafficking victims.

Kathleen shocked the political establishment in 2005 with her defeat of a 31-year incumbent, making her the first woman elected DA in Long Island history. Kathleen's career in public service began as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where she prosecuted cases of domestic violence and gang activity before eventually putting some of New York City's most dangerous criminals behind bars as a member of the office's elite Homicide Bureau. In 1999, Kathleen was appointed an assistant United States attorney, where she went on to an award-winning career as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice's Philadelphia office.

Kathleen is a graduate of Catholic University and Touro Law School. She resides in Garden City, New York.