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.
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. Kathleen came to Congress determined to break through the gridlock and get things done, and despite being a freshman in the minority party, she passed two bills in her first year with broad bipartisan support – one to boost employment for veterans, and one to improve security procedures at our nation’s airports.
Kathleen is a fierce advocate for veterans, and champions a tough, smart approach to combating terrorism and protecting the American people. She supports aggressive investment in our infrastructure, fixing our broken immigration and criminal justice systems, fighting climate change, protecting animals from cruelty, and relieving our students’ debt burden. Kathleen will always stand up for Medicare and Social Security, for a woman’s right to make her own health care and family planning decisions, for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and for getting anonymous dark money out of our politics.
Prior to serving in Congress, Kathleen was recognized as a leader among the nation’s prosecutors for her innovative work fighting drunk driving, reducing crime, going after public corruption, and eliminating one of Long Island’s most prolific drug markets. Dubbed “the state’s toughest DWI prosecutor,” Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Kathleen with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.