Biography

Assembly Member Rebecca  A. Seawright
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright represents the 76th Assembly District, including the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. She is the first woman to serve the district and since her election in 2014 has been a voice for over 133,000 constituents and has secured $10 million of funding for her district's public schools, senior centers and parks. Seawright is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and is a champion for public schools, senior citizen rights, human rights, LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, environmental protection, public health, election reform, criminal justice reform, and government transparency.

Encouraged to renew the effort for the federal Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee that our rights are anchored in our State and US Constitutions, she introduced and passed an Equal Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution. Along with her colleagues, she achieved the strongest rent reforms in New York State’s history, making rent stabilization and rent control permanent. She is a fighter against discrimination, intolerance and violence at all levels of our society. Her introduced legislation includes bills to require warning labels on electric assisted bicycles; and updating family court procedures to acknowledge modern family structures in the LGBTQ+ community in legal proceedings with minor children.

Her legislation has been signed into law to identify how many policy-making positions are held by women in New York State Government; require health insurance policies to include 3-D Mammography at no cost to the consumer; to require the State Board of Elections to publish campaign website addresses of candidates running for statewide office; to authorize Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to award Public Purpose Funding to non-profits on Roosevelt Island; relating to spousal maintenance and child support in supreme and family court; and to extend the effectiveness of certain provisions relating to open end loans.

In 2019, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie named Seawright as Secretary of the Majority. She has been nominated by her colleagues to serve as a Director of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and is a member of the Bipartisan Pro-Choice, Jewish, Environmental, and Gun Reform Legislative Caucuses. She is a member of the Banking Committee; Codes Committee; Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee; Education Committee; and the Judiciary Committee.

Seawright serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors of CUNY School of Law, her alma mater, and as an Honorary Board Member of the Feminist Press at CUNY where she formerly served for eight years as Chair.

Seawright was the Statewide Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and served for five years as the chief of staff for a state legislator. She has held staff positions in the Washington, D.C. offices of the late United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen and two members of United States Congress. Seawright later worked for former Texas Governor Ann Richards.