Amanda Shelton

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Amanda L. Shelton
Legislative Secretary of the Guam Legislature
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byRegine Biscoe Lee
Majority Whip of the Guam Legislature
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byTelena Cruz Nelson
Member of the Guam Legislature
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic

Amanda L. Shelton is a politician in Guam. Shelton currently serves as a senator in the Guam Legislature.

Family, early life, and education[edit]

Amanda L. Shelton, from the village of Asan,[1] is the daughter of the late former Senator Austin "Sonny" Shelton and Gracialla Shinohara Shelton.[2][3] She is the granddaughter of late pioneering nurse Amanda Guzman Shelton[4] and the late Austin James Shelton.[5]

Shelton graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 2008.[6]

Shelton has earned a Master Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the University of Guam.[1]

Early Career[edit]

Until 2018, Shelton worked as Press Secretary for Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo. She was also Chief of Staff for Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez. [1]

Guam Legislature[edit]

Elections[edit]

Shelton ran for the incoming 35th Guam Legislature in 2018. She placed 6th in the Democratic primary election in August, advancing to the general election.[7] She placed 6th in the general election in November, earning a seat in the legislature.[8]

Leadership roles[edit]

  • 35th Guam Legislature - Legislative Secretary and Majority Whip[9]
  • 35th Guam Legislature - Chairperson, Committee on Higher Education and the Advancement of Women, Youth, and Senior Citizens[10][11]

Accomplishments[edit]

In March 2019, Shelton brought a Guampedia Women in Guam History exhibit to the Guam Legislature. Shelton, along with other women serving in the 35th Guam Legislature, recorded readings from Guampedia's recent release Famalao’an Guahan: Women in Guam History, which has been broadcast on the Guam Legislature channel. Shelton is the Chairwoman of the Committee for the Advance of Women in the 35th Guam Legislature, the first female majority legislature in history.[4]

Shelton introduced Bill 80-35 in the Guam Legislature to require that the Guam Power Authority generate 50% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2035. Public Law 29-62, authored by then-Sens. Ben Pangelinan, Jim Espaldon and Benjamin Cruz in 2008, set a goal of 25% renewable energy by 2035. At the time, GPA had no renewable energy in its portfolio. Currently,[when?] 6% of GPA's energy portfolio comes from renewable energy. The solar farm contracts approved in 2018 will bring 120 megawatts online for GPA by 2022, meeting the 25% renewable energy target 13 years early. The new solar farms opening by 2022 will produce solar energy 58.75% cheaper than the previous solar farm. Raising the goal to 50% would eventually save ratepayers $10.4 million a year in the fuel surcharges that show up on their bills.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c KUAM. Amanda Shelton, Hagatna, Guam. 11 October 2018
  2. ^ Jasmine Stole Weiss. Driver Gracialla Shelton arrested in fatal auto-pedestrian crash in Anigua, Hagatna, Guam. 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ Jasmine Stole Weiss. Son of Driver Gracialla Shinohara Shelton arrested in fatal Anigua crash responds, Hagatna, Guam. 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b KUAM. See Women in Guam History exhibit at Guam Congress Building, Barrigada, Guam. 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ Anthony Blaz. Amanda Guzman Shelton, Hagatna, Guam.
  6. ^ Pacific Daily News. Islandstyle, Hagatna, Guam. 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ Guam Election Commission. 2018 Primary Election Official Results, Hagatna, Guam.
  8. ^ Guam Election Commission. 2018 General Election Official Results, Hagatna, Guam.
  9. ^ Guam Legislature. Senators, Hagatna, Guam.
  10. ^ Guam Legislature. Legislative Committees, Hagatna, Guam.
  11. ^ Sabrina Salas Matanane. Democrats name leadership; Barnes will serve as speaker, Barrigada, Guam. 4 January 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.postguam.com/business/local/shelton-proposes-to-double-guam-s-renewable-energy-goal/article_c34ff230-5b5b-11e9-965c-1bb3651cb775.html