Attorney and State Senator
Arthenia Joyner was recently honored with the title of “Legislator of the Year”
by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). Senator Joyner
was chosen for this esteemed award for her part in passing new laws that
have had a positive impact on the African American community. The award
was presented during the organization’s 39th annual legislative conference in Los Angeles.
The NBCSL’s mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational,
research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of
its members as they develop public policy which affects the black community.
It is made up of more than 670 African American state legislators, as
well as representatives from over 120 corporations and labor unions.
Senator Joyner is currently in the last year of her final term as Leader
of the Florida State Democratic Caucus and is Of Counsel to Vanguard Attorneys.
She was the first black woman ever to be selected to the Caucus and, since
the beginning of her Senate term in 2000, she has been a leading champion
of women’s equality and civil rights. She has also played an important
role in advocating for criminal justice reform, specifically the need
to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences. She also passed new legislation
forcing prison officials to unshackle pregnant inmates during labor and
immediately after birth. In 2015, she sued the House of Representatives
after its leadership arbitrarily adjourned the 2015 legislative session
and abruptly left town. The Supreme Court agreed with Senator Joyner’s
suit, which set a historical precedent for future legislative conduct.
“It’s a highlight of my legislative career to receive this
honor,” said Senator Joyner. “Not only does this represent
recognition by my colleagues in state legislatures throughout the country,
but recognition that the issues I championed have made an impact in the
lives of the people I’ve been privileged to serve.”
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Jacksonville Free Press.