Biography

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne
Addie A.E. Jenne represents the 116th Assembly District, also known as the “River District.” The district follows the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario to the manufacturing town of Massena and borders Fort Drum and the mighty Black River to the east.

Addie, an attorney, formerly practiced law in Watertown and served on the Jefferson County Board of Legislators prior to the Assembly. Addie is a past President of the Jefferson County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and former member of AAUW New York State’s Public Policy Committee. When Addie was elected to the Assembly she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Transportation Center, Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (CAPC), and Jefferson County’s Community Services Board, chairing the MR/DD Committee. She is a past member of Head Start Policy Council as well.

Addie graduated from and still lives in the Indian River Central School District and is a proud alum! She received a B.A. in Political Science (Greek and Roman Civilization minor), Magna Cum Laude, from the University at Albany, SUNY and a J.D. with a Certificate in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law, being admitted to practice in New York in February 2004. While attending the University at Albany, Addie was active in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Int., was an intern for Ronald Klain, while he was Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, and an intern in the New York State Assembly for Martin A. Luster, Trumansburg. She also worked for the university’s Alumni Association. While at law school in Syracuse, she was a member of the college’s Judicial Board, President of the Women's Law Caucus and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int. She participated in the law school's Criminal Law Clinic and was the editor of the law school's newsletter.

Addie was born at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York, raised in Philadelphia, New York, where cream cheese was invented, and now resides in Theresa, New York. Addie is the seventh generation of her family to reside in the North Country and traces her ancestry to the first settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She is the mother of two children, son Aaron and daughter Cora. Her father, Bruce, is a retired diesel mechanic and her mother, Susan, is an attorney, retired from the NYS Office of Court Administration. She has a brother and three sisters all residing in the region and has hundreds of relatives throughout the North Country. Addie enjoys finding distant cousins throughout the course of her work!

Addie chairs the state Assembly's Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy, where she created a successful pilot program to enhance farm to school food offerings in the region’s school cafeterias, which has been included in the governor’s budget proposal this year for statewide implementation. She is actively engaged in policy areas pertaining to energy, agriculture and the environment, bringing a rural perspective regarding these issues to her suburban and urban colleagues. She has been a champion for educational opportunities and school funding to increase economic opportunity for both our youth and adults looking to improve their skill level. She has supported local governments as they work to upgrade their infrastructure and to attract private investment in their communities. She spends a tremendous amount of time in the many communities in the district learning about what they need help with to continue to grow and prosper as well as meeting with and addressing individual concerns and the struggles of her constituents, from problems with government red tape to families torn apart by addiction.

Addie previously chaired and continues to be a member of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women's Issues and was recently appointed by the Speaker to the Assembly’s Sexual Harassment Workgroup. She has also been a longstanding member of the Assembly’s Childcare Workgroup and is proud that during her tenure in the state Assembly she has helped modernize many areas of state law that have benefited our hardworking families.