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:

Happy Holidays to All!

Senator Susan Lee

Thank you for the honor and privilege of representing you in the Maryland State Senate. After serving 13 years in the House of Delegates, I had a productive 2015 Senate session and want to provide you with an overview of some of the legislation passed and issues for the upcoming 2016 session.

My best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season.

Gazette Endorses Susan Lee for Senate

Senator Brian Frosh and former Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate
Senator Brian Frosh and former Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate.

On October 8, the Gazette, Maryland;s community newspaper, made their choice clear for the State Senate seat in Maryland’s 16th District: “Susan C. Lee, a Bethesda Democrat, has served three terms in the House. We support her bid for the district’s Senate seat.”

They continued, “She says her priorities in the Senate would be similar to those she worked for in the House: more state money for schools, protecting the environment and supporting mass transit. Lee also has helped fight domestic violence by helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders and worked for stricter gun regulations.”

The Washington Post endorsed Susan Lee for the Democratic primary earlier this year, and the Post’s endorsements for the 2014 general election are due out shortly.

Gazette Highlights Susan Lee’s Record

Susan Lee for Senate

Lee Seeks Move from House to Senate
by Elizabeth Waibel, The Gazette, August 11, 2014.

With 12 years of experience under her belt, Del. Susan C. Lee thinks it’s the right time to represent her district in the Senate.

Lee, a Bethesda Democrat who has served in the House since 2002, said she can use the relationships she has in the House and the work she has done to advance policy goals in the Senate.

“I wanted to use my experience and accomplishments that I’ve gotten over the last 12 years … to build on that track record and do even more in the Senate for my constituents,” she said.

Lee got her chance to run for an open Senate seat in District 16 this year when Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D) of Chevy Chase ran for attorney general.

Lee is the deputy majority whip, serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and chairs the Family Law Committee. She counts among her top accomplishments her work with the women’s legislative caucus to devote funding to rape crisis centers; pass a law to keep people from using mistaken age a defense in child sex crimes; and make kidnapping a child for the purpose of human trafficking a felony.

“This will help prosecutors prosecute” human trafficking, she said.

Lee has also led commissions and task forces on cybersecurity, telemedicine and nanobiotechnology. She said she is considered a leader in passing laws to fight cybercrime and identity theft.

As more health records are stored electronically, she said, large-scale identity theft is a greater risk.

“It’s so easy now with technology to hack into a computer and steal health records,” she said, adding that stolen health records could lead to misdiagnoses and incorrect drug charges.

Cyber innovation also holds promise, however, and Lee said she wants to propose legislation to keep bioscience entrepreneurs in the state. Maryland could give innovators help commercializing their inventions, she said, or by giving tax credits to industries, or simply streamlining state processes that are cumbersome.

Like many legislative hopefuls, Lee expects education funding to continue to be a priority. She said the state can ensure kindergarten through 12th-grade funding and expand prekindergarten funding, as well as keep college affordable.

“We’ve made our tax system fairer, more progressive,” she said. “… We need to cut waste and duplication so that we can streamline processes” in the government, while balancing the budget.

Maryland has an opportunity to build on the innovation already happening in the state as the home to numerous federal agencies as well as science companies and colleges, Lee said, and legislators should prioritize support for those industries.

“We could be the epicenter of cybersecurity, as well as life sciences,” she said. “We could create all sorts of different jobs.”

Lee said she thinks she can do more in the Senate, which is smaller than the House, and forge bipartisan coalitions.

“I’ve worked with [the senators] before, and I know that now that I will be over there, I can work with them even more,” she said.

Susan Lee’s 2014 Legislative Record

Delegate Susan Lee, who has represented District 16 in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2002 and who now is running to represent the District as its next State Senator, completed another legislative session in 2014 with significant accomplishments in the fields of education, cyber security, minimum wage, and preservation of state wetlands. A copy of her 2014 Legislative Session Letter is available on her website.

Among the other bills written or co-sponsored by Susan Lee were bills to support emerging technologies, protect abused and neglected children, and expand the availability of pre-kindergarten.

“I appreciate the input and support received from so many of my constituents in the 16th District this year,” said Delegate Lee. “It has been my privilege to serve each of my Montgomery County neighbors in the Maryland General Assembly.”

The Post and Major Groups Endorse Susan Lee

Delegate Susan Lee for State Senate
Susan Lee and the beautiful Washington Cherry Blossoms

On May 30, 2014, The Washington Post endorsed Susan Lee for State Senate with these words:

“The best candidate to replace Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who is running for state attorney general, is Susan C. Lee, who has represented this district (including parts of Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Potomac) in the House for 12 years and has Mr. Frosh’s endorsement. Ms. Lee has been a leader in responding to the dangers of cybercrime and identity theft and has worked to protect victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.”

Delegate Lee also just received the endorsements of Emily’s List and UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO. She has received the endorsements of dozens of key elected and community leaders in District 16, as well as the endorsements of leading organizations such as:

  • Montgomery County Education Associaton (MCEA – teachers)
  • Maryland State Education Association (MSEA – teachers)
  • Montgomery Public Schools Retirees Association
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club Maryland
  • Equality Maryland
  • NARAL Pro Choice Maryland
  • Progressive Maryland
  • Maryland/DC AFL-CIO
  • SEIU, Local 500
  • Brickyard Coalition
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MCVFA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35 Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County National Organization of Women PAC (MC NOW)
  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County (AADCMC)
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD)
  • Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County (HDC)

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

The Gazette and Major Groups Endorse Susan Lee

On May 7, 2014, The Gazette endorsed Susan Lee for State Senate with these words:

“With three terms under her belt in the House, Lee deserves the Democratic nomination for the District 16 Senate seat. Her priorities include those advocated by most Democrats: more state money for education; environmental protection; and mass transit, including the Purple Line and Metrorail. But Lee also has been a leader in efforts to fight domestic violence — helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders — and to enact stricter gun regulations.”

Delegate Lee also has received the endorsements of dozens of key elected and community leaders in District 16, as well as the endorsements of leading organizations such as:

  • Montgomery County Education Associaton (MCEA – teachers)
  • Maryland State Education Association (MSEA – teachers)
  • Montgomery Public Schools Retirees Association
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club Maryland
  • Equality Maryland
  • NARAL Pro Choice Maryland
  • Progressive Maryland
  • Maryland/DC AFL-CIO
  • SEIU, Local 500
  • Brickyard Coalition
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MCVFA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35 Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County National Organization of Women PAC (MC NOW)
  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County (AADCMC)
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD)
  • Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County (HDC)

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

Huge Turnout for Lee for Senate Kickoff

Senator Brian Frosh and former Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate

Over 100 supporters braved the ice and snow to attend the Susan Lee for Senate Kickoff on December 8, 2013. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, Senator Jamie Raskin representing himself and Senator Brian Frosh, Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and George Leventhal, and Delegate Ariana Kelly provided remarks highlighting her legislative accomplishments that have benefitted the citizens of District 16, Montgomery County, and Maryland. They highlighted some of the landmark legislation she authored and passed to fight domestic violence and human trafficking, cyber attacks, identity theft and crimes against seniors, advancing Telemedicine, nanobiotechnology, and cyber security innovation and jobs.

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. Susan Lee has been a champion of education, clean environment, accessible quality health care, public safety, bioscience and technology, transportation that have made Maryland the best place to live, work and educate our children.

The Chairman of the Kickoff Committee was the Honorable Mayor Jeffrey Slavin. Honorary Co-Chairs for the event included 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.

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.

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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Paid for and authorized by Friends of Susan C. Lee, P.O. Box 34283, Bethesda, MD 20827. Joseph D. Gebhardt, Treasurer  |  Contact the campaign