Bay Shore, New York 11706, United States
|| March 13, 1958
|Last Modifed||Barack O-blame-a|
Feb 26, 2013 06:35pm
Italian - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Rick Lazio was born in West Islip, New York on March 13, 1958 the son of two World War II veterans, Olive and the late Anthony Lazio. |
After graduation from West Islip High School, Rick earned a degree in political science from Vassar College and a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. During law school, Rick met his wife, the former Patricia Moriarty, who was working at the George Washington University Hospital while pursuing her degrees in nursing.
Returning home after law school, Rick entered public service as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Working in the District Court Bureau, Special Investigations and Forfeiture Unit, and Rackets Bureau, he prosecuted the full range of criminal cases including accused rapists, organized crime, and corruption.
In 1989 Rick was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature. Despite heavy pressure to support a proposed tax increase early in his tenure, Rick voted against the bill. Rick has consistently opposed tax increases at every level of government that he has served throughout his legislative career.
In 1992 Rick upset an 18-year incumbent to win election to the United States House of Representatives. He represented New York’s Second Congressional district for four terms in Congress, winning re-election by the largest margins in the history of the district.
Rick earned assignment to both the House Committee on the Budget, and the Banking and Financial Services Committee. From his seat on the Budget Committee, Rick helped create and pass the first balanced budget in a generation. In 1995, Rick was tapped as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Serving as Chairman for six years, Rick secured the most extensive overhaul of public housing laws since the Great Depression. His landmark legislation modernized public housing and expanded housing opportunities for seniors and the disabled. Rick also fought for housing programs that serve the most vulnerable members of our communities, such as increasing the number of Section 8 vouchers and increasing Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
Rick also served concurrently on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee so that New York’s unique interests had a strong voice on issues relating to energy, healthcare, telecommunications, the environment, financial services, and insurance.
One of Rick’s biggest victories was the enactment of the Work Incentives Improvement Act, which enables Americans with disabilities to enter into the workforce without losing healthcare and disability benefits. With bi-partisan support, Rick ensured that this critical legislation passed the House and was signed into law by President Clinton.
Rick also was a champion in the fight against cancer, creating the bipartisan House Cancer Awareness Working Group, enacting The Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, which provides treatment to low-income women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, and fighting to ensure that cancer centers across America are funded and reimbursed adequately.
Rick proved to be a good steward of our natural resources, and as a result he was routinely endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters and by the Sierra Club. He was the original sponsor of the first bill in Congress to provide credit under a cap and trade program for early and voluntary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Since leaving Congress, Rick has continued his advocacy for economic opportunity in the global economy. He served as President and CEO of The Financial Services Forum, pursuing policies to encourage savings and investment, promote a competitive global marketplace, and advocate for environmentally responsible corporate policies.
Since 2004 Rick has been with J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City. Currently a Managing Director and a member of J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Global Real Assets Group, he focuses on client and investor relations and public policy issues.
Rick lives in New York City with his wife Patricia, and their daughters Molly and Kelsey.