Letitia James Biography

Tish James is an American lawyer, activist, and politician. She was born on October 18, 1958. She is a member of the Democratic Party and is now the Attorney General of New York. She won the election in 2018 to replace Barbara Underwood, who was appointed Attorney General. She is the first woman and first African-American to be elected to the position.


James was born and raised in Brooklyn. After graduating from Lehman College in The Bronx, she went to Howard University in Washington, D.C. to get her J.D. She was a public defender, then worked for the New York State Assembly, and then became an assistant attorney general for New York State (Brooklyn Regional Office).


From 2004 to 2013, James was a member of the New York City Council. She was the representative for the 35th district, which includes parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. James was in charge of the Economic Development Committee and the Sanitation Committee, and he was also on a number of other committees. She was then the Public Advocate for New York City from 2013 to 2018. She was the first African American woman to be elected to and hold a citywide office in New York City. Her job was as Public Advocate.


James ran for the office of governor of New York in 2022. She declared her candidacy on October 29, 2021. On December 9, 2021, she stopped running for office and instead ran for re-election as attorney general.


Early life and education 

Letitia Ann James was born in New York City on October 18, 1958. She is one of Nellie James’s (born 1919 in Martinsville, Virginia) and Robert James’s eight children. She went to public schools in New York City. She grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope and went to Fort Hamilton High School. In 1981, she got her B.A. in liberal arts with a focus on social work from Lehman College at the City University of New York.

She went to Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and got her J.D. There. In 1989, she was allowed to practice law in New York State.

James got his Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York City in 2013.



James worked for the Legal Aid Society as a public defender, and he also started the Urban Network, which is a group of African American professional organizations with the goal of giving scholarships to young people.

She was part of Mario Cuomo’s Task Force on Diversity in the Judiciary when he was governor of New York. She worked as a lawyer for Albert Vann, as Roger L. Green’s chief of staff in the New York State Assembly, and in the office of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. In 1999, she became the first Assistant Attorney General in charge of the office in Brooklyn. James did many things in that job, but he was most known for his work on consumer complaints about predatory lending and other illegal business practices.


Trump lawsuits in New York 

2022 election 

Personal life 

James goes to the Emmanuel Baptist Church and lives in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.