Susan C. Lee

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Susan C. Lee
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 16
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 21, 2002
Constituency 16th district
Montgomery County
Personal details
Born (1954-05-14) May 14, 1954 (age 60)
San Antonio, Texas
Political party Democratic
Residence Bethesda, Maryland

Susan Clair Lee (Chinese: 李鳳遷; pinyin: Lǐ Fèngqiān; born May 14, 1954) is a member of the Maryland General Assembly. She represents District 16, which is located in Montgomery County, and includes parts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Kensington, Cabin John, Glen Echo, and Rockville. She has served on the House Judiciary Committee since she joined the House of Delegates in 2002. Delegate Lee is the first Asian American woman and first Chinese American to be elected to the Maryland legislature.[1] She is currently a Deputy Majority Whip, the Vice Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation, Chair of the Subcommittee on Family Law, House Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence, House Chairman of Nanobiotechnology Task Force and Identity Theft Task Force. Delegate Lee was elected to serve two terms as President of the Women Legislators of Maryland (Women's Caucus) and led efforts to pass an aggressive agenda of laws to fight domestic violence and human trafficking, economically empower women, reduce health care disparities, and obtain funding for rape crisis centers. She received the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women's (MLAW) Legislative Leadership Award, inducted into the Human Rights Hall of Fame of Montgomery County and honored by the Maryland Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society for her work in advancing healthcare technology and reform. Delegate Lee received an Award from the Maryland National Organization for Women for her leadership and work on legislation while President of the Women’s Caucus, particularly the law authorizing the placement of Marylander and American hero Harriet Tubman’s statue in the U.S. Capitol.

Early years[edit]

Delegate Lee was born in San Antonio, Texas. She grew up in Montgomery County and attended Winston Churchill High School. She earned a BA from the University of Maryland before graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law.[2] Delegate Lee is an attorney in private practice, and previously worked as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In the Legislature[edit]

Delegate Lee is a member of the House Judiciary committee and has been on the forefront of identity theft, online fraud, consumer protection, cyber security, telemedicine, and bioscience issues. She authored the landmark Maryland Security Freeze legislation, the nation’s first ever identity theft pretexting law, introduced and passed Maryland's first Telemedicine law, a law to create the Maryland Commission on Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence, and other legislation to promote bioscience and emerging technologies. Lee has sponsored and seen passed legislation to fight identity theft, online fraud, cyber attacks, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child and senior abuse; promote bioscience, nanobiotechnology, IT, green and emerging technologies; provide access to quality and affordable healthcare, fully fund education, keep college affordable, and protect the environment. Her work as a legislator has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Maryland Progressive Leader Award, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Merit Award, the Out for Justice Award of Equality Maryland, the Community Service Award of the League of Korean Americans, Organization of Chinese Americans Leadership Award, Elizabeth Scull Outstanding Community Service Award, Charles E. Smith Life Communities Chairman's Award, Village of Friendship Heights Community Service Award, MD NOW Leadership Recognition Award, and inclusion in Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[1]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[2]
  • voted in favor of increasing the sales tax by 20% - Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[3]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[4]
  • sponsored House Bill 30 in 2007, allowing the state to confiscate unused portions of gift certificates after 4 years.House Bill 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SUSAN C. LEE". Who's Who of Asian Americans. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "SUSAN C. LEE". Maryland Hose of Delegates. Retrieved December 26, 2013.