QUEENSBURY - State Sen. Elizabeth O'C. Little, R-Queensbury, has announced her candidacy for the 20th Congressional District. The announcement was made in a press release Jan. 23 following word Congresswoman Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-Greenport, was giving up her seat to take the U.S. Senatorship vacated by fellow Democrat Hillary R. Clinton. The former First Lady was recently named to the position of Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.
The popular upstate senator, well-known for her accessibility and hands-on approach, has a strong record of experience in local and state government.
"I have a proven record of fighting and winning for the people I represent," Little said in the statement. "I am eager to put that experience to work for the residents of the 20th Congressional District and look forward to traveling the district and talking with voters to earn their support over the course of this campaign."
Prior to first winning election to the state Senate in November 2002, Little served in the state Assembly for seven years.
Little's legislative successes include the creation of a program that encourages greater government efficiency to save tax dollars; reform of the adverse possession law to protect private property rights; and an affordable housing program to help low- and middle-income families.
The mother of a combat veteran, active duty Navy pilot, Little was honored to sponsor Patriot Plans I and II, which expanded benefits and services available to New York's military personnel and their families.
Little first began public service as a member and later chair of the Town of Queensbury Recreation Commission. In 1986, she was elected to serve as an At-Large-Supervisor to the Warren County Board of Supervisors for the town of Queensbury, where she served on various committees, including the Warren County Recycling Advisory Committee which she organized and chaired, and as county budget officer in 1990 and 1991.
A Glens Falls native, Little has lived in upstate New York most of her life. The former teacher and realtor now resides in Queensbury and has six children and 13 grandchildren.