Upon her election in 2014, Rebecca became the first female Assemblymember to serve the 76th Assembly District representing Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. Rebecca is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and a strong supporter of Women and Minority Owned Business legislation. Rebecca has experience with many of the educational issues that confront New York families and is a fervent supporter of public schools. As an Assemblymember, Rebecca is committed to environmental protection, increasing government transparency and senior citizen rights. She is a fighter against discrimination and intolerance at all levels of our society.
To date, Rebecca passed 10 pieces of legislation in the Assembly with 8 bills signed into law. She is currently a member of the Banking Committee; Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee; Judiciary Committee; and the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee. Assemblymember Seawright has also been named by the Speaker as Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection and is a member of the Assembly’s Workgroup on Operations. She is also currently a member of both the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus.
Originally from Texas, Rebecca was the Statewide Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and served for five years as the chief of staff for a state legislator. 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. Rebecca later became a fundraiser for former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
Rebecca chairs the Board of the Feminist Press and the CUNY School of Law Board of Visitors.