Kathleen M. Rice

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Katheleen M. Rice
Kathleen M. Rice.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 4
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorCarolyn McCarthy (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$38.65 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,507,500
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nassau County District Attorney
Place of birthNew York City, New York
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.


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


Rice serves on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, including Rice, voted against the resolution.[7][8][9]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Rice voted with 176 Democrats to approve the bill.[10][11]


On The Issues Vote Match

Kathleen M. Rice's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Rice is a Moderate Liberal Populist.[12] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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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."[13] 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.[13]

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."[14] Critics argued that it was precisely these "211 waivers" that caused the out-of-control costs of the state pension system.



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


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.[15] Rice, however, was narrowly defeated by State Senator Eric Schneiderman on September 14, 2010, after receiving 32 percent of the vote.[16]

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[17]
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

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Rice is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rice raised a total of $3,507,500 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[18]

Kathleen M. Rice's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (New York, District 4) Won $3,507,500
Grand Total Raised $3,507,500


Rice won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Rice's campaign committee raised a total of $3,507,500 and spent $3,470,327.[19] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[20]

Cost per vote

Rice spent $38.65 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 4, 2014 - Kathleen M. Rice Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,507,500
Total Spent $3,470,327
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,704,183
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,658,954
Top contributors to Kathleen M. Rice's campaign committee
First Nationwide Title Agency$33,517
MacAndrews & Forbes$27,700
Cablevision Systems$25,900
Virtu Financial$23,200
Winston & Strawn$21,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$344,036
Securities & Investment$265,060
Real Estate$264,407
Business Services$135,426

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.[21]

See also

External links


  1. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 New York House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Kathleen Rice," accessed January 28, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  7. Congress.gov, "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  8. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  9. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  10. Congress.gov, "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  11. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Daily News, "Would-be AG Kathleen Rice gets big donation from firm being sued by Cuomo's office," accessed August 21, 2010
  14. New York Daily News, "AG hopeful Kathleen Rice may be tripped up by double-dipping deputy Andrew Teichman," accessed August 23, 2010
  15. PRNewser, "Former Paterson Strategist Joins Kathleen Rice's Run for New York AG," accessed February 17, 2010
  16. New York Law Journal, "Schneiderman Edges Out Rice in Democratic Primary for Attorney General," accessed September 16, 2010
  17. New York State Board of Elections, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed November 18, 2010
  18. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Kathleen M. Rice," accessed April 16, 2015
  19. Open Secrets, "Kathleen Rice 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 9, 2015
  20. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 9, 2015
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Kathleen M. Rice Summary Report," accessed April 24, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Kathleen M. Rice April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn McCarthy (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nassau County District Attorney
Succeeded by
Madeline Singas