Kathleen Maura Rice (born February 15, 1965) is the Nassau County, New York District Attorney. She was elected in 2005, defeating 31-year incumbent Denis Dillon. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to serving as District Attorney, she served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia and as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York City.
Rice was born in Manhattan, New York to Laurence and Christine Rice. She grew up in Garden City, on Long Island, as one of 10 siblings. Rice graduated from Garden City High School. She received a B.A. from The Catholic University in 1987 and a J.D. from The Touro Law Center in 1991.
Rice began her career as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, under District Attorney Charles Hynes in 1992. She prosecuted cases involving burglaries, robberies and sexual assaults and was the first member of her class to be promoted to the homicide bureau.