Raskin and Frosh Endorse Sen. Lee

Rep. Raskin, A.G. Frosh and Senator Susan Lee

United States Congressman Jamie Raskin and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh have endorsed the re-election of Maryland State Senator Susan Lee (District 16).

“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,” said Rep. Raskin. “Susan Lee is always there for us when we need her. What more can we ask for in a State Senator?”

“I enthusiastically support Susan Lee for reelection to the Maryland State Senate. She is a tireless advocate for our community and experienced and effective legislator,” said Attorney General Frosh.

For more on Senator Lee and her recent accomplishments, please view the following:

Teachers, Officials and Groups Endorse Sen. Lee

Delegate Susan Lee for State Senate

With the Maryland Primary Election Day set for June 26 and Early Voting set for June 14 to 21, Senator Susan Lee has received a number of significant endorsements for her re-election. These include:

  • US Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8)
  • Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
  • Montgomery County Court House Team – State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Sheriff Darren Popkin, Clerk of the Court Barbara Meiklejohn, and Register of Wills Joseph Griffin
  • Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA)
  • Montgomery County Public School Retirees Association MCPSRA
  • Maryland Sierra Club
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Food & Water Action
  • Green Democrats
  • NARAL-Pro Choice Maryland PAC
  • MC NOW PAC
  • Maryland and Washington, DC AFL-CIO
  • Brickyard Coalition
  • Progressive Maryland
  • Our Revolution
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35
  • Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction
  • CASA In Action
  • Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland
  • Montgomery County LGBTQ Democrats

“I am honored to be endorsed by these many distinguished organizations from District 16,” said Senator Lee. “I look forward to campaigning on my record and continuing to serve the people of District 16.”

Sen. Susan Lee Completes Productive 2018 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates and was the Senate Lead Sponsor of the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. She is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate.

Senator Lee is the Deputy Majority Whip in the Senate; a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup, and Governor’s Family Violence Council; Co-Chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; Chair of the Maryland Legislative Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus; President Emeritus of the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly (Women’s Legislative Caucus); and former Co-Chair of Identity Theft and Nanobiotechnology Task Forces.

Among her accomplishments for the term were leading legislative efforts to:

  • Keep our Public Schools fully funded, expand school construction funding, and keep college affordable
  • Mitigate Trump’s Rollback of the Affordable Care Act
  • Protect our earth against Climate Change and make our water, air, and Chesapeake Bay cleaner
  • Pass Gun Safety laws to build on Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act, one of the toughest in the nation
  • Protect domestic violence and human trafficking victims
  • Repeal the parental rights of rapists and provide for more effective prosecution of sexual assaults
  • Fight Elder and Child Abuse
  • Protect Disability Rights and Benefits
  • Stop Online Identity Theft
  • Stand up for Maryland against Federal actions to defund vital programs
  • Mitigate some of the negative effects of the Federal tax law changes
  • Protect our Elections against outside interferences
  • Allow for automatic voter registration
  • Fight drug price gouging
  • Expand Cybersecurity Tax Credit Program and create Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program
  • Increase transparency in Public Information Act requests
  • Allow over 700,000 Marylanders to Earn Sick Leave and Overrode Governor’s veto of this law.

Susan is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist, and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland, as well as Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

For more on Senator Lee’s legislative accomplishments, read her:

Standing Up Against Gun Violence

The recent tragedy at a Parkland, Florida high school has created fear, anxiety and confusion among students, parents, educators and law enforcement. Instead of waiting for the Federal government to act, the Maryland General Assembly moved forward to pass significant legislation to fight gun violence. Following on the heels of the 2013 Maryland Firearm Safety Act, one of the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, we passed laws to ban the use and ownership of bump stocks and other rapid fire devices that can be turned into machine gun type devices; a law to enable family members and roommates to apply for an Extreme Risk Protection Order to allow a court to order the surrender of firearms if the judge finds that a person poses an imminent threat to himself/herself or others; and a law to create a process in which firearms held by a domestic abuser, who is not allowed to possess firearms, to surrender them.

For her leadership, Senator Lee has been endorsed by as a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action.

Senator Susan Lee, a civil rights attorney, was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2014 after serving 13 years in the House. She is a Deputy Majority Whip and a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Co-Chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; and Member of the Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup and Governor’s Family Violence Council. As a former President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force and Nanobiotechnology Task Force, Susan helped pass laws to fight domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder and child abuse, home invasions, cyber-crimes, identity theft and to advance education, telehealth, bioscience and IT.

Supporting Women, Children and Families

Senator Susan Lee and Maryland Women

Senator Susan Lee, a civil rights attorney, was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2014 after serving 13 years in the House. She is a Deputy Majority Whip and a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Co-Chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; and Member of the Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup and Governor’s Family Violence Council. As a former President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force and Nanobiotechnology Task Force, Susan helped pass laws to fight domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder and child abuse, home invasions, cyber- crimes, identity theft and to advance education, telehealth, bioscience and IT.

Here are some of her 2018 legislative accomplishments:

  • Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking: The General Assembly passed her bill to allow law enforcement to arrest an accused domestic abuser or violent criminal who violates a stay away pretrial order, thereby saving lives at the most volatile period for a domestic violence victim; and her bill allowing domestic violence and human trafficking victims to shield their new addresses when recording real property deeds to enable them to escape their abusers, to recover and rebuild their lives. This legislation is the result of years of efforts with victims’ services groups and government entities.
  • Terminating the Parental Rights of Rapists and Effectively Prosecuting Sexual Assaults: The legislature finally passed a law to terminate the parental rights of rapists; and to allow a finder of fact to consider evidence of other sexual assault accusations to rebut a defense of consent. Both of these perennial issues can finally be laid to rest.
  • Fighting Sexual Harassment: In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the legislature created a Workplace Harassment Commission to evaluate and address sexual harassment policies in the legislature and provide for independent investigators; and also passed a bill to prohibit contract provisions requiring a waiver of due process rights in a sexual harassment complaint.
  • Women’s Reproductive Rights: The legislature passed her bill to require correctional facilities to provide adequate menstrual hygiene products for female inmates, which will ensure they are provided with basic essentials and afforded fundamental human dignity despite their past transgressions.

Protecting Identity, Security and Election Integrity

Senator Susan Lee and Maryland Cybersecurity Council

Senator Susan Lee, a civil rights attorney, was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2014 after serving 13 years in the House. She is a Deputy Majority Whip and a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Co-Chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; and Member of the Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup and Governor’s Family Violence Council. As a former President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force and Nanobiotechnology Task Force, Susan helped pass laws to fight domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder and child abuse, home invasions, cyber- crimes, identity theft and to advance education, telehealth, bioscience and IT.

Here are some of her 2018 legislative accomplishments:

  • Identity Theft and Cybersecurity: Senator Lee was the Senate lead sponsor of legislation to require credit reporting companies, which hold consumers’ sensitive personal data without their authorization, to provide free of charge the freezing or thawing of their credit reports. This is a critical tool consumers can use to proactively prevent identity theft, particularly in light of the recent Equifax and Yahoo large-scale data breaches. The legislature also passed laws to expand Maryland’s Cybersecurity Tax Credit and create a Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program. As the Co-Chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation, Senator Lee will continue her work on legislation to fight ransomware, anti-net neutrality policies, and catastrophic cyberattacks, and to make Maryland the Epicenter of cyber innovation and jobs.
  • Protecting Elections from Outside Interference: To prevent foreign intrusions of or interferences with our elections, the legislature passed laws to require the State Board of Elections to report to the Department of Information Technology any cyberattacks and to notify officials of potential breaches; and to require social media websites like Facebook to report to the State Board of Elections the names of purchasers of social media ads and the amounts paid.

Sen. Susan Lee Completes Productive 2017 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and was the Senate Lead Sponsor of the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. She is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator to the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis.

Senator Lee is the Deputy Majority Whip in the Senate; a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; member of the Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup; Chair of the Maryland Legislative Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus; Co-chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; and President Emeritus of the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly, Inc.

Among her accomplishments for the term were leading legislative efforts to:

  • Maintain our commitment to public schools
  • Pass a balanced budget that honored Maryland values
  • Stand up for Maryland against federal actions to defund vital programs
  • Fight elder abuse and child abuse
  • Protect domestic violence and human trafficking victims
  • Stop online identity theft
  • Fight drug price gouging
  • Increase transparency in Public Information Act requests
  • Allow over 700,000 Marylanders to earn sick leave (the Earned Sick Leave bill passed the Senate and Assembly but, unfortunately, was vetoed by the governor).

Susan is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist, and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland, as well as Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

For more on Senator Lee’s legislative accomplishments, read her:

Sen. Susan Lee Starts 2017 Session

Senator Susan Lee

As the 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session gets underway in Annapolis, Senator Susan Lee sent the following message to her District 16 constituents,”Thank you for the honor and privilege of representing you in the Maryland State Senate. I had a productive 2016 Senate session, and look forward to another year of gains in education, pay equity, environmental protection, and other issues important to Maryland’s hard-working families. Please review the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Highlights to see how your state legislature is working for you, and please contact me if I can be of help to you and your neighbors.”

MORE: 2016 Maryland General Assembly Highlights

Equal Pay for Equal Work in Maryland

Signing of Senator Susan Lee's Equal Pay Act

State Sen. Susan Lee (center, wearing blue) with Gov. Larry Hogan (center, seated) and Maryland legislators at the signing of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

From the United States Department of Labor Blog:

On average, women in America earn about 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Maryland, women make about 84.3 cents for every dollar a man makes, on average. Women of color face a racial wage gap on top of the gender gap. Compared to white non-Hispanic men, Asian-American women make about 82.2 cents on the dollar, African-American women 69 cents, and Latinas 47.1 cents.

While Maryland fares better than many other states, any gap is unacceptable. Because many women are increasingly the primary or co-breadwinner for their families, this means they are losing millions of dollars each year that could be spent on food, housing, education and other essentials.

Instead of waiting for Congress to pass national legislation, Maryland has moved forward in passing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which significantly updates and strengthens our state’s existing pay equity law.

I was proud to help spearhead the passage of the law together with my Maryland General Assembly colleagues, and women, family, labor and business leaders throughout the state. It was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in May.

This new law increases transparency in the workplace by allowing employees to ask about, discuss, or request information about wages without fear of retaliation or being fired and bans employers from forcing their workers to sign waivers regarding wage discussions or information requests. Some of the greatest barriers to women being able to better negotiate and secure equal pay are the result of many companies discouraging or outright banning employees from discussing or asking about their wages. This blanket of secrecy has made it almost impossible for women to know if they are being underpaid for comparable work done by their male counterparts or to seek relief under federal, state, or local laws.

In addressing the barriers women often face in being promoted to nontraditional, higher paying jobs, this law also bans “mommy tracking” where employers provide less favorable employment opportunities by directing or assigning less favorable career tracks; failing to provide information on promotion or advancement opportunities; or limiting or depriving an employee of employment opportunities that would be otherwise available, but for an employee’s sex or gender identity.

We in Maryland are proud of our history of passing progressive legislation to uplift and empower all hardworking people. Our Equal Pay for Equal Work law is about fundamental fairness and will help close discriminatory wage gaps; enable women to support themselves and their families; strengthen our middle class by boosting the local economy; and ensure workplaces promote transparency, fairness, merit and productivity.

Susan C. Lee is a Maryland State Senator

Sen. Susan Lee Completes Productive 2016 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator to the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis. She is a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; Governor’s Family Violence Council; and is a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and its Law and Policy Subcommittee Co-Chair; and the Workgroup on Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, which were both created by two laws Senator Lee introduced and passed. The Council builds on the landmark, first-ever laws passed by the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence which she served and led as Co-Chair. The Council not only provides legislative and policy recommendations for protecting Maryland against large scale cyber-attacks that can paralyze our government, economy and vital infrastructures, but also makes Maryland the Epicenter of Cyber innovations and jobs, a knowledge base industry that will help the state globally compete and sustain its future.

She also served as Co-Chair of the Nanobiotechnology Task Force and helped pass laws to assist biotech and IT small companies, including technology transfers and commercialization. During her tenure as Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force, she authored and passed significant, first ever laws to fight identity theft and online crimes.

Serving two terms as President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Senator Lee led efforts to pass an aggressive agenda of laws to economically empower minorities, women, children and immigrants, fight domestic violence and human trafficking, and reduce health care disparities. She co-authored and passed Maryland’s first ever Telemedicine laws to increase Telemedicine which has a track record of saving lives, increasing health care access and early diagnosis, improving outcomes and reducing health care costs and disparities, particularly in underserved communities.

In addition to help passing laws during the 2016 legislative session to advance excellence in education, cut down on drunk driving, reform policing and criminal justice procedures, bring greater transparency to transportation funding, and support Montgomery County service agencies, Senator Lee introduced and spearheaded efforts to the pass the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work law to close wage gaps and “Alicia’s Law to create an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Fund to help rescue children abducted by online sexual predators. She was the lead sponsor on legislation passed to strengthen anti-stalking laws, expand the state’s extortion law to protect labor and human trafficking victims, protect the confidentiality of addresses of domestic violence and human trafficking victims, prosecute dogfighting, and restore a crime victim’s right to restitution on appeal.

Senator Lee, who was one of the founders and the first Chairman of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland, spearheaded efforts to create the Maryland Legislative Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus. She is the recent recipient of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence’s Legislative Award, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women’s Legislative Leadership Award, and Maryland National Organization for Women’s Recognition Certificate for work on pay equity and domestic violence legislation.

Susan is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland and Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

For more on Senator Lee’s legislative accomplishments, read her:

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