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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The Gazette Endorses Lee for Re-election

Editorial:  Consistency in the State Legislature, The Gazette, September 1, 2010.

“District 16 has 13 Democrats vying for a seat in the House of Delegates. Two-term incumbent Susan Lee and Bill Frick, appointed to the House in 2007, are joined in the race by 11 challengers — at least half a dozen of whom could serve with distinction.

“Lee is a forward-thinking legislator who has spearheaded bills aimed at identity theft and cyber attacks on government. She is set to serve as chairwoman of the new Nanobiotechnology Task Force, which will bring legislators and scientific innovators together and could bring research and businesses to the county. She deserves another term.”

Wash. Post Endorses Lee for Re-election

Editorial:  Choices in Montgomery County, MD, Washington Post, August 23, 2010.  “DISTRICT 16: Both incumbents in the House should be returned to Annapolis. Del. C. William Frick, appointed to fill a vacancy three years ago, has made a promising start with bills to protect credit card holders and other consumers. Del. Susan C. Lee, who is completing her second full term, has staked out an important niche fighting identity theft and Internet fraud.”

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