Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters

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Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters on your new role as Senate Republican Leader! Take a look at the press release below. For Senator Jackie Winter’s bio click here.

NOBEL Women Congratulates Member Florida Senator Audrey Gibson on Election as Senate Democratic Leader for 2018-2020 Legislative Term

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On Monday evening, state Sen. Audrey Gibson won a narrow 8-7 vote of Senate Democrats to become Senate Democratic Leader Designate for the 2018-2020 legislative term.

“I look forward to working with Caucus members on their priorities and ensuring their voices are heard on legislation impacting all Floridians.  I am also excited about bringing in new Democrat Senators to the Florida Senate to create a legislative balance in the Chamber,” said Gibson Monday evening.

Gibson will succeed current Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon II when his term ends next November.

The split was described by one observers as moderates versus progressives, a dynamic which some fear will split the caucus; our source tells us Braynon was the deciding vote.

Gibson thought she had the votes last week, but our understanding is that there was a late challenge from Orange County Democrat Randolph Bracy.

The drama built toward the Monday night vote, yet Gibson — true to her original expectations and vote count — pulled off the win by the narrowest of margins.

The role was to go to former Sen. Jeff Clemens, who resigned in October after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

For Northeast Florida, this is the second big piece of Senate news on Monday.

Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley took over the Appropriations Committee chair after former budget chief Jack Latvala relinquished that powerful position, as he defends himself against an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations.

Senator Gibson, chair of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Her other committee assignments: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism Committee, Judiciary Committee, Regulated Industries Committee, and Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.

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Original article here.

NOBEL Women – Staff Changes

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Washington, DC – The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women(http://nobel-women.org)

The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women would like to thank Waikinya Clanton, former National Executive Director, for her dedication to the NOBEL Women organization.  As National Executive Director, Waikinya served with distinction and was instrumental in bringing awareness and promoting the goals of NOBEL Women.  Therefore, we are proud to wish her continued success in her new opportunity and in all of her future endeavors. 

NOBEL Women is pleased to announce, effective September 18, 2017,  LeTonia Hardin, MPH, as Interim National Executive Director.  Since September, 2016, LeTonia has served as Development Manager for NOBEL Women focusing on fundraising and corporate relationship management.  LeTonia joins NOBEL Women after serving, since 2004, as Director, State Government Affairs, at AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories.  Throughout her career, LeTonia has always championed the purpose of NOBEL Women and in 2013, LeTonia received the NOBEL Women Women of Distinction Award-Government Relations for her leadership in facilitating policy initiatives regarding women’s cardiovascular health.   LeTonia brings to NOBEL Women 15 plus years of tenured relationships with policy makers, advocacy groups, and other industry stakeholders on the state and federal level.  LeTonia received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, in 1997. LeTonia can be reached at letonia@nobel-women.org.

NOBEL Women is also pleased to announce Krystal Leaphart as Operations and Policy Associate.  In her role, Krystal will work in the national office facilitating all day to day operations, including Conference and event management.  Krystal joins NOBEL Women after her four (4) years as Staff Assistant and Chief of Staff from IMPACT as well as her experience at the NAACP and the YWCANational Capital.  Krystal’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and advocacy in intersectional racial and social justice, youth civic engagement, and young black women initiatives, are of value add to the NOBEL Women organization. Krystal can be reached at krystal.nobelwomen@gmail.com.

NOBEL Women is a non-profit, non-partisan national organization comprised of current and former black women legislators.  NOBEL Women, since its inception in 1985, has always focused on inspiring women to take an active role in public policy and in leadership. NOBEL Women has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address the countless issues affecting the lives of women and to provide economic, social justice, and quality of life for their constituents.