Letitia James

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Born and raised in Brooklyn, James obtained her J.D. degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Lehman College in The Bronx. She worked as a public defender, then on staff in the New York State Assembly, and later as a New York State Assistant Attorney General (Brooklyn Regional Office).

James served as a member of the New York City Council from 2004 to 2013. She represented the 35th district, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. James chaired the Economic Development and Sanitation Committees, and served on several other committees. She was later the New York City Public Advocate from 2013 to 2018.

James was a candidate in the 2022 New York gubernatorial election. She announced her candidacy on October 29, 2021, and suspended her campaign on December 9, 2021, opting to run for re-election as attorney general instead.

Key Issues

Corruption/Probes

In the past, James led investigations into Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association, and opioid manufacturers. Notably, she spearhead the probe that led to Cuomo’s sexually harassment allegations and COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. A third investigation is currently being overseen by James into Cuomo’s controversial multimillion dollar book deal remains ongoing.

 

Abortion

James believes in championing women’s reproductive healthcare access. In December 2021, James created a NY fund for abortion costs of women coming from out-of-state. (Dec 2021)

Civil Rights

Letita James advocates for LGBTQ rights. She wants to codify federal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Gun Control

James believes in ramping up enforcement of gun control laws. In the past, James has implemented 18 gun buybacks which have removed 2,700 firearms from streets since 2019. James has also pushed agenda to close legal loopholes on gun possession.

 

COVID-19

James has asked the supreme court not to block the COVID vaccine mandate

Endorsements

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, numerous labor unions including 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the New York State Nurses Association, the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, etc. 

Sources

https://ag.ny.gov/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letitia_James

https://jamesforny.com/ 

https://ontheissues.org/Letitia_James.htm