Letitia James

Letitia James

New York - Attorney General


Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James is a champion for New York City’s most vulnerable communities. Letitia made history in 2014 by becoming the first woman of color to hold citywide office in New York City. During her time in office, she has been effective in delivering real reforms to New Yorkers.  As an advocate for criminal justice reform, James led the effort for mandatory body-worn cameras for NYPD officers.

Public Advocate James has also been a changemaker for the city’s children and families. She’s advocated for children with disabilities, youth in the foster care system, and change in the quality of the city’s schools. As a leading voice in the push for universal free lunch for public school students, Advocate James has proven her support for young people. She is also an advocate of increased minimum wage, paid family leave, and an end to wage discrimination. In 2016, James introduced landmark legislation to ban questions about salary history from the employment process to end gender wage discrimination, and on October 31, 2017, New York City became the first municipality in the nation to enforce a salary history ban.

A lawyer by training, Letitia James previously served as an Assistant Attorney General and a member of City Council. While on City Council, James fought for Paid Sick Leave, and passed the Safe Housing Act, which ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments.

If elected, Letitia James will make history as the first woman of color to be Attorney General of New York. A born and bred Brooklynite, she will serve as an advocate and safeguard of New Yorker’s rights.

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