Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning was first elected to office in November 2005 and has been re-elected to three additional two-year terms in 2007, 2009 and 2011. She defines herself as a working mother and an activist.
Before taking office, Legislator Browning worked as a school bus driver in order to make ends meet and have the same hours as her children while they attended school. She and her husband, Steve, are the proud parents of Aoife, Sean, and Aodhan. They also recently became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl Maive.
Born and raised in war-torn Belfast, Northern Ireland, Legislator Browning was subjected to violence and discrimination throughout "The Troubles". At 19, Browning left Belfast for Germany, where she met Steve, who was serving in the U.S. military. The couple settled in Shirley in 1989.
Legislator Browning is proud of her husband and her son, Sean, who both served their country in the military. Steve is now a decorated police officer in New York City and retired from the Army National Guard in 2006. Sean is a member of the Colorado Army National Guard and has served three tours in Afghanistan.
Aoife also lives in Colorado while Aodhan attends William Floyd School District in Suffolk County. Legislator Browning avidly supports our service members overseas and their families here at home.
While driving a bus for the William Floyd School District in Shirley, Browning became active in TWU Local 252. She was at the forefront of tough contract negotiations at every bargaining cycle. Kate was a shop steward and an assistant shop steward, advocating for the rights of her fellow workers.
Legislator Browning’s interest in labor law and politics led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD. Legislator Browning is involved in four Legislative Committees. She’s the chair of the Public Safety Committee, and also sits on the Health Committee, Human Services Committee and Government Operations Committee.
Additionally, she has served as a member of these County-Commissioned committees: the Welfare to Work Commission, the Environmental Trust Review Board, the Trap and Skeet Relocation Committee, the S.C. Disability Advisory Board, the Board of Health, the John J. Foley Oversight Committee and the Sober Home Oversight Committee.