Rebecca Seawright represents the 76th Assembly District, which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island. Rebecca, a resident of the Upper East Side for more than two decades, is an attorney, parent-teacher association member, activist, and former member of Community Board 8. Rebecca is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn DA’s office and legal counselor to small-business owners and entrepreneurs. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Feminist Press and Chair of the Board of Visitors of CUNY School of Law.
Upon her election in 2014, Rebecca became the first female Assembly Member to serve the 76th Assembly District. Rebecca is a lifelong advocate for women’s issues. As a member of the Parent-Teacher Association at her daughter’s school, Rebecca has experience with many of the educational issues that plague New York families and is a fervent supporter of public schools. As an Assembly Member, Rebecca is committed to environmental issues, increasing government transparency, senior issues and affordable housing.
Rebecca is a member of the Banks Committee; Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee; Judiciary Committee; and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee. Assembly Member Seawright has also been named Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection and is a member of the Assembly’s Workgroup on Operations. She also currently sits on the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus.
Originally from Texas, Rebecca was the state director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and served for five years as the chief of staff for central-Texas legislator Bob Melton. She has held positions in the Washington, D.C. offices of the former United States Senator Lloyd Bensten, the late Congressmember Marvin Leath and Congressmember Charles Stenholm. Rebecca later became a fundraiser for former Texas Governor Ann Richards when she was the Texas State Treasurer running for governor, which is what eventually brought her to New York and, later, to become a CUNY Law School graduate.