Grace was born and raised in New York City, attended public schools, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997. After attending Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she served as a public interest lawyer before being elected to represent Queens in the New York State Assembly in 2008 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
As a DNC Vice Chair, Grace has focused her efforts on representing new and diverse constituencies within the Democratic Party. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she focused her efforts on turning out voters in the major Asian American communities, resulting in almost double the rate of early voter turnout in those communities—and a dramatic increase in the number of non-English and new media outlets with which the DNC communicated.
In Congress, Grace has focused her legislative efforts on vulnerable women and children as well as America’s minority and rural communities. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC, and a member of the Democratic Future Forum.
Grace has raised almost $4.5 million in contributions during the past 4 years of her federal political career. She was chosen to lead the CAPAC Leadership PAC, ASPIRE PAC, at the beginning of 2016.
Through her AT THE TABLE! PAC, Grace supported 11 successful minority candidates in their elections to federal office in 2016. She also serves as an original member of the Board of Directors of EQUALITY PAC, the political arm of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, of which she is also a member.
Grace lives in Queens with her husband Wayne and their two sons, Tyler and Brandon.
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Chair, Democratic Party of Washington DC
Chair, Democratic Party of New York
State of New York
Chair, Democratic Party of Wyoming
President, 32BJ SEIU
Chair, DNC LGBT Caucus
U.S. Senator, State of New York
Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico
Speaker, New York State Assembly
Democratic Party of Texas
Democratic Party of Kansas
Chair, DNC Small Business Council
Chair, DNC Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader, State of New York
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