Michele Titus was first elected to the Assembly in 2002. She is a life long resident of Queens, New York. The Assemblywoman represents the communities of South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, Far Rockaway, and Laurelton. A product of her district, the Assemblywoman Michele Titus attended local public schools and is a graduate of John Adams High School. After graduating high school, the Assemblywoman attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. The Assemblywoman also obtained a law degree from Albany Law School where she has been admitted to the New York State Bar since 1994. After law school, Assemblywoman Titus served as Chief of Staff to former State Senator Ada L. Smith. Later on, she served as Executive Director to the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus. Prior to becoming an elected official, the Assemblywoman worked as special counsel for New York City Board of Education where she specialized in education law. Other legal experiences include: Work at the Consumer Frauds Bureau Office of the New York State Attorney General, and at the Integrity Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Assemblywoman Titus career is a demonstration of commitment to public service. She is truly dedicated to empowering her community. Over the course of her career, the Assemblywoman has earned the respect of her peers and won the admiration of her constituents. In the process, the Assemblywoman has received numerous recognition and awards from the local and civic organizations in her district, and well-deserved accolades from organizations such as the Women Caucus of District Council 37. Since she was elected in 2002, the Assemblywoman has held several important chairmanship positions, among them was Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus where she focused on equitable pay for women. She also was the chair of the Labor Committee, where her main goals were ensuring stronger labor laws and safer working conditions for New York State’s workforce. Today, the Assemblywoman chairs Standing Committee on Governmental Operations, where much of her concentration will continue on improving the efficiency and fairness of government in New York State. Disaster and emergency preparedness, transparency and efficiency, and equal protection under the law for all New Yorkers will remain top priorities. It is also a goal of the Committee to encourage greater participation by small, minority- and women-owned businesses. In addition, the Committee is committed to ensuring that everyone in New York State is treated with dignity and respect. Additionally, the Assemblywoman is an Executive Member of the Queens County Democratic Organization; a member of the the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus; the Association of Black, Hispanic and Asian Legislators, Inc.; New York State Puerto Rican/ Hispanic Task Force; New York State Trial Lawyers Association; and the Council of Black Elected Officials. The Assemblywoman has authored a myriad of legislation which demonstrates her dedication to protecting the stability of her community. She has introduced and supported a policy that would mandate after-school programs in every public school, expand early childhood education, provide access to quality healthcare, improve transportation, enforce environmental protections, and lower senior prescription costs. Assemblywoman Michele Titus resides in Queens with her husband and their two children.