Meet Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright represents the 76th Assembly District, including the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. Seawright is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and is a champion for education at all levels, senior citizen, human rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, environmental protection, public health, election reform, criminal justice reform, and government transparency.

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. She obtained passage for a new law providing for insurance coverage for women and men who need 3-D mammograms for breast cancer detection. She introduced and passed an Equal Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution. She has secured $12 million of funding for her district’s public schools, senior centers and parks.

In 2019, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie named Seawright as Secretary of the Majority Conference. 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 was the Statewide Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus in Texas. 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.  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.