Upon her election in 2014, Rebecca Seawright became the first female Assembly Member to serve the 76th Assembly District representing Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. Since her election, Seawright secured $7.5 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, environmental protection, public health, election reform, criminal justice reform, and government transparency. Recently introducing and passing an Equal Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution, she is encouraged to renew the effort for the federal Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee that women and men are equal under our State and US Constitutions. As a member of the New York State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, Seawright is committed to keep guns out of the wrong hands through legislation and advocacy. She is a fighter against discrimination, intolerance and violence at all levels of our society.
Seawright passed legislation which 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 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. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus. In 2018, she was appointed to the budget negotiation committee on health.
Seawright serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors of CUNY School of Law, her alma mater, and as a 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.