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:

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.

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