Congresswoman Kathleen Rice was sworn into office on January 6, 2015 as the representative for New York’s fourth congressional district, which covers parts of Nassau County, NY, a diverse suburban community located on Long Island.
Congresswoman Rice previously served as District Attorney of Nassau County, NY from 2006-2014. In 2005, Rice shocked the Long Island political establishment by defeating a 31-year incumbent, and became the first woman elected District Attorney in Long Island history. As DA, Kathleen received national acclaim for her efforts to combat drunk driving, which led to a statewide overhaul of DWI laws and Long Island’s first DWI-related murder convictions. Rice also focused on combatting public corruption, launching investigations that led to significant government reforms and the convictions of dozens of officials who violated the public’s trust.
Rice began her career in public service as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, where she prosecuted cases of domestic violence and gang activity before joining the office’s elite Homicide Bureau. In 1999, Kathleen was appointed an Assistant U.S. 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 resides in Garden City, NY, where she was raised with her nine brothers and sisters. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (1987) and earned her law degree from Touro Law Center (1991).