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NYSUT Gets Ready To Celebrate Black History Month By Focusing A Spotlight On Letitia "Tish" James, The First African-American, And First Women, Ever Elected To Serve As Attorney General Of The State Of New York

Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:00 am
by NYSUT Communications
NYSUT Gets Ready To Celebrate Black History Month By Focusing A Spotlight On Letitia

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General of New York State.  She became the first African-American, and the first woman, elected to the position in 2018 and the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in New York.

Prior to being elected Attorney General, James served as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the second-highest elected official in New York City, where she became the first Woman of Color to hold citywide office.

She served as a New York City Council Member, representing the 35th Council District for a decade, headed the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York Attorney General’s Office, and spent many years as a lawyer in the New York State Legislature.

She began her career as a Public Defender at the Legal Aid Society.

James is a graduate of Lehman College/CUNY and Howard University School of Law.

Black History Month is celebrated during the entire month of February.

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