Susan C. Lee, J.D.
Maryland House of Delegates

Delegate Susan Lee is the first Asian (and Chinese) American woman to be elected to the Maryland General Assembly. She is currently a member of the House Judiciary Committee (Civil Law Subcommittee), Chair of the Montgomery County Delegation's County Affairs Committee, and a member of Women Legislators of Maryland. She was recently appointed by the Speaker of the House as Deputy Majority Whip of the Maryland House of Delegates.


Delegate. Lee has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2002. In the 2003 session of the Maryland General Assembly, she introduced three significant consumer protection bills and cosponsored more than sixty other bills.  Delegate Lee is the lead sponsor of House Bill 202, which establishes that the manufacture of counterfeit currency is a crime in Maryland; House Bill 598, which protects the citizens of Maryland by increasing the penalties for the crime of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation; and House Bill 730, which clarifies that Internet auction fraud is a crime in Maryland, and provides jurisdiction so that Maryland law enforcement can investigate and prosecute Internet auction fraud. All of these bills have received favorable votes from the House of Delegates and will soon be voted on by the Maryland Senate. Delegate Lee is a cosponsor of House Bill 322, which will strengthen Maryland's hate crimes law, and which has already passed the House. In addition, she has cosponsored bills that would permit immigrants residing in Maryland to pay resident tuition at Maryland universities, allow hardworking people to take partially paid leave to care for a seriously ill family member, improve the quality of heath care available to the citizens of Maryland, strengthen gun control laws and prevent drunk driving.


Ms. Lee is also of Counsel to the law firm of Gebhardt & Associates, LLP (2001 to present). Previously, she was a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), and also a legislative assistant to the Montgomery County Council President (2000-2001). Between 1993 and 2001, Ms. Lee worked for the law firms of Alexander, Bearden, Hairston & Marks, LLP, and Peña & Associates, PC.  She was an attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1988-1993), the Executive Director of the National Democratic Council of Asian and Pacific Americans (1983-1986), and an attorney at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1986).  During 1981-82, Ms. Lee was a law clerk at the San Francisco Superior Court.


Delegate Susan Lee was born in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, and completed her B.A. degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She obtained her J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She was admitted to the bars of California and the District of Columbia in 1983; and in 2001 to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court (District of Columbia), U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Ms. Lee has been involved in numerous professional, political, and civic organizations over the years. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar (member, Intellectual Property Law Section), the California State Bar (member, Intellectual Property Law Section), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is co-chair of the Multicultural Community Partnership of the NAACP (Montgomery County Branch), a board member of Progressive Maryland, and a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee as well as the Women's Suburban Democratic Club. She also belongs to the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the League of Korean Americans of Maryland.


Ms. Lee was president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater Washington Area (1985), and is a founding member and current chair of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland.  Previously, she also belonged to the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, and the Democratic Forum of Montgomery County.


Ms. Lee was co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute (now Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies). She was an At Large Gore Delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. She was also a coordinator of Asian Pacific Americans for Terry Lierman for Congress (2000), a coordinator of Asian Pacific Americans for Ralph Neas for Congress (1998), and also a member of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee to Re-elect Governor Parris Glendening and Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (1998).   In 1993, she was the Asian Pacific American Community Volunteer Coordinator for the Clinton/Gore Presidential Inaugural Committee.


Ms. Lee has received a number of awards for her leadership and community service, which include Progressive Maryland Progressive Leader Award (2002), Mothers Against Drunk Driving Merit Award (2002), Korean American Senior Citizens Association Community Service Award (2000), Global Mission Church Community Service Award (1999), and Governor's Citation for Noteworthy Community Service (1999).


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