A former prosecutor and Southampton Town Councilwoman, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming has spent her career standing up for Long Island families. As an elected official, Fleming has championed tax relief, environmental protection, and was a steady presence for residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Newsday called her “one of the most active and effective lawmakers in the county.”
Prior to serving on the Southampton Town Board, Bridget worked for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. As a member of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, she successfully fought for justice for victims of sexual assault.. She also served as Chief of a Unit devoted to attacking fraud in public programs.
Bridget went on to become Managing Attorney for pro bono programs at the New York City Bar Association, where she led programs focused on homelessness, refugees, cancer, and elder law. When 9/11 shook the nation and the city, Bridget trained volunteer lawyers to help the families of victims of the attack.
Bridget has called Long Island home for more than two decades. The daughter of a labor union leader and a writer, and the granddaughter of Irish immigrants, Bridget and her seven siblings were raised to value hard work and give back to the community. These values motivated Bridget to become a teacher — like many in her family — after her son was born, and eventually led to her participation and leadership in community politics.
Bridget is running for Congress to ensure that every child, no matter their race, religion, or gender, has the opportunity to succeed and live out the American Dream. As an established local legislator, Bridget has delivered real results for Long Island families time and again. She will use this experience and knowledge to bring federal dollars back home to improve the quality of life for her community and put money back in the pockets of working families.
Bridget is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hunter College’s Special Honor Curriculum and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the prestigious Kramer Award for service to the community. Fleming lives in Noyack with her husband Bob, their son Jai, who is soon to graduate from public high school, and their beloved springer spaniel, Dune.