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Kathleen M. Rice

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Katheleen M. Rice
Kathleen M. Rice.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCarolyn McCarthy (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nassau County District Attorney
2005-2015
Personal
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kathleen M. Rice (born February 15, 1965, in New York City, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 4th Congressional District. Rice was first elected to the House in 2014 and is currently serving her first term.

Rice won the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[1] She then defeated Bruce Blakeman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Rice was previously the district attorney for Nassau County.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Hill's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from New York's 4th Congressional District
  • 2005-2014: Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorney
  • 1991: Graduated from Touro Law Center with a J.D.
  • 1987: Graduated from Catholic University of America with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Rice serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

District Attorney tenure

First American donations

Questions were raised concerning donations made to Rice's state attorney general campaign by a company that was under the investigation by Andrew Cuomo's office at the time, as it could have been seen as a conflict of interest should Rice have been elected to the statewide position. According to an article published by the New York Daily News, Rice "received the maximum campaign contribution of $55,900 from Steven Napolitano, who heads a wholly-owned subsidiary of First American Corp."[5] First American Corporation was sued by the state attorney general's office in November 2007 after it had been discovered that the company let a bank select appraisers who then inflated the values that increased the market value of homes they owned.[5]

Teichman double-dipping

Albert Teichman, Chief Assistant to Rice in her former position as Nassau County District Attorney, was accused of double-dipping in the state's public employee pension program. Teichman reportedly received a state pension check from the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office valued at $74,000 while he was collecting an annual salary of $155,975 in Nassau County. He achieved this after he was granted an exemption by the State Civil Service Commission as dictated under Section 211 of the New York State Retirement and Social Security Law, which was "supposed to be granted only in unique cases when no one but the recipient can do the job."[6] Critics argued that it was precisely these "211 waivers" that caused the out-of-control costs of the state pension system.

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Rice won election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 4th District. Rice won the Democratic nomination and ran uncontested for the Working Families Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. She defeated Bruce Blakeman (R) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen M. Rice 51.2% 89,793
     Republican Bruce Blakeman 45.7% 80,127
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.1% 5,385
Total Votes 175,305
Source: New York State Board of Elections
U.S. House, New York District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen M. Rice 57.3% 7,770
Kevan Abrahams 42.7% 5,791
Total Votes 13,561
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

2010

See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010

On February 17, 2010, Rice announced her candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat vacated by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who ran for governor in November.[7] Rice, however, was narrowly defeated by State Senator Eric Schneiderman on September 14, 2010, after receiving 32 percent of the vote.[8]

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Eric Schneiderman 34.4%
     Democratic Party Kathleen M. Rice 31.9%
     Democratic Party Sean Coffey 16.4%
     Democratic Party Richard Brodsky 9.9%
     Democratic Party Eric Dinallo 7.4%
Total Votes 661,296

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rice's reports.[10]

Kathleen M. Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$0.00$1,471,492.64$(169,579.35)$1,301,913.29
Running totals
$1,471,492.64$(169,579.35)

See also

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn McCarthy (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 4
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Nassau County District Attorney
2005-2015
Succeeded by
Madeline Singas