Rose Walker was first elected to represent the 17th Legislative District on November 3, 2009 and was re-elected in 2011 and again in 2013, both times by a wide margin. The 17th District encompasses Hicksville, Massapequa, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Seaford, and portions of Old Bethpage. She currently serves as the Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Veterans and Senior Affairs Committee,Vice Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee.
A lifelong resident of Hicksville, Rose attended both private and parochial schools. She earned a BA in Education from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart College in North Carolina. Upon graduation, she worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. Stephen’s Nursery School in Hicksville, and the Hicksville Union Free School District.
Rose also worked for Family and Children’s Association as a Career Counselor and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department.
Prior to her election to the Legislature, Rose Walker served as a Councilwoman in the Town of Oyster Bay from January 2004 through December 2009. While on the Town Board, Rose proposed legislation to create a Veterans Service Division and expanded services and programs for seniors. Her work with the veterans as well as the seniors in the Town of Oyster Bay will assist her as she moves forward on the County Legislature. Rose is proud of the work she has done to protect the environment, expand open space, increase Senior Housing and begin Next Gen housing for our young people.
An active Community member, Rose has served as a trustee on the Board of Education in Hicksville, is a Past President of Dutch Lane PTA, Hicksville Middle School and High School PTSA as well as PTA Council. She is a founding member of the Hicksville Athletic Booster Club, Past President of Holy Family Rosary Society, served on Holy Family Parish Council, and taught confraternity. She is a member of many civic organizations as well as the Hicksville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Hicksville Community Council and Chamber of Commerce, Order Sons of Italy Capt. Kathy Mazza Lodge, and Joseph Barry Columbiettes, Nassau County Vietnam Veterans of America and is Past President of Irish Americans in Government. In addition, she is a founding member of the Bethpage-Central Park Kiwanis Club and a long-standing member of the Hicksville Kiwanis Club. She has also volunteered countless hours at American Cancer Society Relay for Life Events in her district, and on the athletic fields of Hicksville and Nassau County working with PAL Lacrosse, Hicksville Crusader Football, Hicksville Baseball Association and Levittown Red Devil Football.
Rose, and her late husband John, are the proud parents of Rob and his wife Liz, Jen and her husband Keith, Bryan and Kristi. Rose is also the proud grandmother of Aiden John, Alexis Elizabeth and the newest addition to their family, Lucas Eugene.