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Susan Lee

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Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate (2016 - Present)

Maryland State Senate, District 16 (2014 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Susan C. Lee (b. May 14, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Lee is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Lee served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 16 from her appointment to the chamber on February 21, 2002, to January 14, 2015. She served as deputy House majority whip.

Lee's professional experience includes working as Of Counsel for Gebhardt and Associates, Legislative Assistant to President of the Montgomery County Council, Of Counsel with Pena and Associates, Private Corporation, attorney with Alexander, Bearden, Hairston, & Marks, LLP, and an attorney for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Education

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 1976

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 1976
  • Of Counsel, Gebhardt and Associates, 2001-present
  • Legislative Assistant to President, Montgomery County Council, 2000-2001
  • Of Counsel, Pena and Associates, Professional Corporation, 1997-2001
  • Attorney, Alexander, Bearden, Hairston, & Marks, Limited Liability Partnership, 1993-1997
  • Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1988-1993
  • Executive Director, National Democratic Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, 1986-1988
  • Attorney, United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1983-1986
  • Law Clerk, Judge Richard Figone, San Francisco Superior Court, 1981-1982

Political Experience

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 1976
  • Of Counsel, Gebhardt and Associates, 2001-present
  • Legislative Assistant to President, Montgomery County Council, 2000-2001
  • Of Counsel, Pena and Associates, Professional Corporation, 1997-2001
  • Attorney, Alexander, Bearden, Hairston, & Marks, Limited Liability Partnership, 1993-1997
  • Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1988-1993
  • Executive Director, National Democratic Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, 1986-1988
  • Attorney, United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1983-1986
  • Law Clerk, Judge Richard Figone, San Francisco Superior Court, 1981-1982
  • Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate, 2019-present
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 16, 2014-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 16, 2018
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate, 2016-2018
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2008, 2013-2014
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 16, 2002-2014
  • Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2014

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates

Former Member, Gaming Law and Enforcement Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates

Former Chair, Juvenile Law Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology

Member, Executive Nominations

Member, Judicial Proceedings

Member, Workgroup to Study Child Custody Proceedings Involving Child Abuse or Domestic Violence Allegations

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 1976
  • Of Counsel, Gebhardt and Associates, 2001-present
  • Legislative Assistant to President, Montgomery County Council, 2000-2001
  • Of Counsel, Pena and Associates, Professional Corporation, 1997-2001
  • Attorney, Alexander, Bearden, Hairston, & Marks, Limited Liability Partnership, 1993-1997
  • Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1988-1993
  • Executive Director, National Democratic Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, 1986-1988
  • Attorney, United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1983-1986
  • Law Clerk, Judge Richard Figone, San Francisco Superior Court, 1981-1982
  • Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate, 2019-present
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 16, 2014-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 16, 2018
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate, 2016-2018
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2008, 2013-2014
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 16, 2002-2014
  • Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2014
  • Member, Maryland Student Data Privacy Council, 2019-present
  • Member, State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 2019-present
  • Member, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 2017-present
  • Member, Governor's Family Violence Council, 2016-present
  • Member, Task Force on Cybersecurity, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2016-present
  • Member/Subcommittee Co-Chair, Maryland Cybersecurity Council, 2015-present
  • Member, Maryland Council for New Americans, 2009-present
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater Washington
  • Co-Founder, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Former Member, Citizens Advisory Board, Western Montgomery County
  • Former Chair, Coalition of Asian-Pacific-American Democrats of Maryland
  • Co-Founder, Coalition of Asian-Pacific-American Democrats of Maryland
  • Member, Dialogue on Diversity
  • Member, District 16 Democratic Club
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County
  • Former Board Member, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Member, League of Korean Americans of Maryland
  • Member, Montgomery County African-American Democratic Club
  • Member, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Organization of Chinese Americans
  • Former Member, Progressive Maryland
  • Member, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member, Women's Suburban Democratic Club
  • Member, Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup, Maryland, 2015-2019
  • Member, Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways, 2017-2018
  • Member, Task Force to Study Recording Deeds for Victims of Domestic Violence, Maryland, 2016-2017
  • Member, Land Use and Transportation Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2011-2015
  • Member, Task Force on Immigration, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity, Innovation and Excellence, 2012-2014
  • President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2011-2012
  • Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Nanobiotechnology, 2010-2011
  • President-Elect, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2010-2011
  • Member, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2007-2010
  • First Vice-President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2008-2010
  • Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000, 2004. 2008
  • Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2008
  • Secretary, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2006-2008
  • Chair, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2003-2007
  • Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Identity Theft, Maryland, 2005-2007
  • Member, Technology and Interstate Commerce Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-2007
  • Member, Executive Board, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2004-2006
  • Member, Steering Committee, Bi-County Task Force on Gang Activity, 2004
  • Co-Chair, Multicultural Community Partnership, Montgomery County Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1999-2002
  • Member, Board of Directors, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Washington, District of Columbia, 1995-2001
  • Member, United States Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee, United States Department of Commerce, 2000-2001
  • President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater Washington, 1985

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Public Service Award, 2003, and Community Service Award, League of Korean Americans

Community Service Award, Global Mission Church, 1999

Progressive Leader Award, Progressive Maryland, 2002

Merit Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2002

Appreciation Award, United States Secret Service, 2003

Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2006

Governor's Citation for Noteworthy Community Service, 1999

Community Service Award, Korean American Senior Citizens Association, 2000

Out for Justice Award, Equality Maryland, 2003

Leadership Recognition Award, Maryland Chapter, National Organization for Women, 2005

Appreciation Award, Agis Center for Arts and Humanities, 2003

Senior Advocate Award, Korean-American Senior Citizens Association-Maryland, 2003