Rep.-elect Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.-04)

DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 15, 1965
RESIDENCE: Garden City, N.Y.
OCCUPATION: District attorney
EDUCATION: B.A., Catholic University; J.D., Touro Law Center
FAMILY: Unmarried

Kathleen Rice is replacing retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a fellow Democrat who has represented the Long Island district since 1997.

Rice entered politics by pulling off a shocking upset in 2005 for Nassau County district attorney, defeating a 31-year incumbent and becoming Long Island’s first woman elected to the post.

A three-term prosecutor, Rice garnered national attention for her tough pursuit of drunken-driving convictions. Her actions led to the area’s first murder convictions related to drunken driving and New York state passing tougher laws.

She also launched an investigation in 2011 into cheating on college entrance exams that resulted in a number of convictions and changes to test-taking protocols nationwide.

She previously served as a prosecutor in Brooklyn and worked with New York City’s homicide bureau. She also served as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia.