B.S. Elementary Education
New York State Senator
Senator Elizabeth Little is serving her fifth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District of New York, comprised of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties. Senator Little serves as chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee and as a member of the committees for: Civil Service and Pensions; Consumer Protection; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Environmental Conservation; Judiciary; and Local Government. In January 2011, she was selected by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve in a leadership position as Deputy Majority Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs and was appointed to the Senate Finance Committee. She is also Secretary of the New York State Legislative Sportsperson’s Caucus, a member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and the New York State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol. As the mother of an active-duty combat veteran, Senator 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.
Senator Little first began public service as a member, then Chair, of the Town of Queensbury Recreation Commission. In 1986, she was elected as 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. Senator Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years, prior to becoming a state senator.
Other awards and distinctions include: the Public Service Sector Partnership Award from the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, the Community Health Care Association of New York State’s Legislative Leadership Award, Families Together of New York State’s Legislator of the Year, for her advocacy on behalf of families with children suffering from emotional and behavioral disabilities, the New York State Economic Development Council’s Advance New York Leadership Award, the American-Irish Legislators Society of New York State’s Charles Stewart Parnell Award, and the Association of the U.S. Army, Capital District Region, Mary Roebling Award for support of the military. In May 2012, she will also receive an award from the National Code Enforcement Association in Washington, DC. The College of Saint Rose awarded her an honorary doctorate in December 2007.
“The College of Saint Rose prepared me for much more than a teaching career. My experience there prepared me for my life’s journey. Although my teaching career was short, the benefit of my Saint Rose education has been limitless— continuing today with the tremendous honor of serving as State Senator for the 45th District.”
All that I learned in those years, the skills that were taught and, perhaps most importantly, the confidence instilled – has made the difference for me personally and professionally. I will always be grateful to this wonderful institution and the professors and faculty whose instruction and inspiration continues to touch my life every day.