Carolyn McCarthy

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Birthday
5, 1944
Birthplace
New York
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
5, 1944 (age 74)
Birthplace
New York

About

Known for transferring her political affiliation from the Republican to the Democratic Party (in 1996), she was elected in 1997 as a New York fourth congressional district representative to the United States Congress.

Before Fame

Before entering politics, she worked as a nurse.

Trivia

Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, she decided in 2014 not to run for re-election.

Family Life

After her husband and son -- Dennis and Kevin McCarthy -- were killed in a 1993 shooting on a Long Island Railroad train, she became a strong proponent of gun control laws.

Associated With

She and California Senator Dianne Feinstein co-authored a 2012 gun control bill.