Archives for November 2013

Senate Kickoff Reception on Dec. 8th

Everyone is invited to attend the Susan Lee for State Senate Kickoff Reception, to be held in the home of two prominent supporters in Bethesda on Sunday, December 8th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. To RSVP, please call 301-493-0377 or email susanlee4senate@gmail.com by December 3rd.

Susan Lee currently serves as a District 16 Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, Deputy Majority Whip, President Emeritus of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Chair of the Judiciary Committee Family Law Subcommittee, and Co-Chair of the Commission on Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence.

The Chairman of the Kickoff Committee is the Honorable Mayor Jeffrey Slavin. Honorary Co-Chairs are State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Senator Jamie Raskin, Senator Roger Manno, Senator Jennie Forehand, Senator Nancy King, Senator Richard Madaleno, Senator Karen Montgomery, Senator Brian Feldman, Delegate Ariana Kelly, County Executive Ike Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Sheriff Darren Popkin, Register of Wills Joseph Griffin, Clerk of the Circuit Court Loretta Knight, Barbara Meiklejohn, Council President Nancy Navarro, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Councilmember Nancy Floreen, Councilmember George Leventhal, Councilmember Craig Rice, the Honorable Christopher Barclay, the Honorable Judith Docca, Stephen Greenfield, and Joseph Gebhardt.

This event is authorized by Friends of Susan C. Lee, Joseph D. Gebhardt, Treasurer. For more information or to RSVP, please call 301-493-0377 or email susanlee4senate@gmail.com by December 3rd.

Delegate Lee’s Bill to Fight Health Care and Health Care Identity Theft Passes

In April 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed an important and timely law to protect and fight against health care and health care information identity theft authored and introduced by Delegate Susan C. Lee (D-16) (HB 942) and by Senator Catherine Pugh in the Senate. Lee said, “The rise in theft, misuse and alteration of individual identifiable medical or health care information have resulted in countless citizens being exposed to a myriad of dangerous harm and damage, including being billed for medical services they did not receive; death or injury caused by altered information in their medical records; the denial or limiting of benefits by providers or insurers; drugs being incorrectly prescribed or purchased in their name; and debts appearing on their credit reports they did not incur. With the trend of health care providers fast moving toward electronic medical records, it is now easier to steal or alter those records on a larger scale.”

Along with cutting edge technologies that have enabled health care providers to render more effective medical treatments and services, there has been a surge in cyber attacks employing sophisticated techniques to steal, alter or misuse health care records for purposes of identity fraud. According to the Ponemon Institute, medical identity fraud impacted about 1.5 million Americans at a cost of $41.3 billion in 2012.

Co-Chaired by Delegate Lee and Senator Pugh, the Maryland Commission on Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence, which was created in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive overview and provide legislative and policy recommendations for addressing cyber attacks against our government and the private sector, strongly supported this legislation. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, and law enforcement from across Maryland also supported this legislation. Lee noted, “The law updates provisions in Maryland’s current identity fraud law by including certain health care information and services. With major advances and changes in technology, it is important that Maryland also move keep pace in providing greater protections to Marylanders against the damage and harm caused by this new type of identity fraud.”

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Susan Lee for State Senate Endorsements Announced

Montgomery County Courthouse Team: Register of Wills Joseph Griffin, State's Attorney John McCarthy, Sheriff Darren Popkin, and Barbara Mieklejohn, candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court
Montgomery County Courthouse Team: Register of Wills Joseph Griffin, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Sheriff Darren Popkin, and Barbara Mieklejohn, candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court

The Susan Lee for Maryland State Senate Campaign released its latest list of endorsements by key Maryland state legislators, public servants, and community leaders. The list includes state-wide and local office-holders, members of the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates, and community leaders known for their service in education, law enforcement, human rights, environmental issues, and other issues important to the people of Montgomery County.

“I am honored to be supported by these mayors, council members, Montgomery County legislators, state legislators, and top community leaders,” said Delegate Susan Lee, “If elected as the District 16 Senator, I will build on my track record of working hard, getting results, and being a strong and effective advocate for the people of District 16, Montgomery County, and Maryland.”

The List of Endorsements is complete as of November 2013, but will be updated throughout the campaign until November 2014.

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Delegate Lee Announces Run for State Senate Seat

Former District 16 Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate
Former District 16 Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate

On August 6, 2013, Delegate Susan Lee (D-16) filed her candidacy for the Maryland State Senate just after her District 16 colleague Senator Brian Frosh announced his intention to run for Maryland Attorney General. Lee told supporters, “In the state senate, I will continue to work hard, get results, and be a strong and effective advocate for the people of District 16, Montgomery County, and Maryland. I want to ensure that we move forward as the leader in education, affordable college, clean environment, quality health care, public safety, transportation, and emerging technologies and jobs that will sustain us for the future.”

Lee’s senate run is fast gaining support from her colleagues, other elected officials, and a wide cross section of community and political leaders. Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20) stated, “As a Delegate, Susan Lee has been a dependable champion for the policies that make Montgomery County a great place to live — a healthy environment and excellent schools for our kids, transportation investment, and civil rights and liberties for all Marylanders. I look forward to this exciting new phase of her honorable career in public service.”

In commending Lee’s ardent support for education, Montgomery County School Board Member Dr. Judith Docca, said, “Susan Lee is well known as a champion of Montgomery County’s outstanding school system. She never lets up when it comes to supporting our kids, teachers, and high performing public schools.” Lee stated, “Education is the key to our future and to the success of our county, state, and country.”

Lee has been praised for leading efforts to pass an aggressive agenda of laws to uplift women, children, and families during her two terms as President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, which is comprised of state senators and delegates. In 2012, she received the Legislative Leadership Award from the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women and an Award from the Maryland Chapter of the National Organization for Women in 2013. “Susan Lee has been a tireless champion for women, children and families. She has authored important laws to fight domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and worked tenaciously to economically empower and provide equal access to our judicial system to our state’s most vulnerable individuals. Building on her accomplishments, as a senator she will be able to continue her work to ensure that ALL Maryland’s citizens have a strong voice on issues impacting them and their future,” said Linda Mahoney, President Emerita of the Maryland Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Lee has also authored and is a leading authority in the General Assembly on landmark laws dealing with cyber security, identity theft, online fraud, public safety, telemedicine, nanobiotechnology, emerging technologies and jobs creation. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said, “Susan Lee is an effective legislator who has a track record of passing laws to deter crimes against the elderly, women, children and families. She is also a recognized leader on cyber security, identity theft, and consumer protection issues and has ensured that Maryland, while benefiting from cutting edge technology, is able to keep pace with and protect our citizens against some of the most sophisticated crimes.”

Lee was elected to the House of Delegates in 2002 and serves as a Deputy Majority Whip, House Judiciary Committee Member, Chair of the Family Law Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation, and Co-Chair of the Maryland Commission on Cyber Security, Innovation and Excellence; Co-Chair of the Maryland Nanobiotechnology Task Force; and Co-Chair of the Maryland Task Force to Study Identity Theft. She has received numerous awards for going above and beyond for the community, including being inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame and Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women, receiving the National Center for Children and Families Spirit Award for Humanitarian Leadership, Village of Friendship Heights Community Service Award, Equality Maryland’s Out for Justice Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Merit Award, Progressive Maryland Leadership Award, Charles E. Smith Communities Chairman’s Award for Commitment to the Elderly Community and recognized by the Maryland Health Information Management Systems Society for leadership on Healthcare Information Technology and Reform.

Lee, who is a respected civil rights and intellectual property attorney, grew up in Bethesda and Potomac. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and Winston Churchill High School. Lee has served in leadership positions in many community and political organizations, including the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Progressive Maryland Board, and Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board and as Co Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership, Member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, and Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions. She was also appointed to the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

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