Sheryl Williams Stapleton

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Sheryl Williams Stapleton
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 19th district
In office
1995 – present
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Political party Democratic
Residence Albuquerque
Occupation Educator

Sheryl Williams Stapleton (born 1958[1]) is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives where she represents District 19. A member of the Democratic Party, she is currently the majority whip in the House. She was first elected to office in 1994 and is the first African-American woman elected to the New Mexico legislature.

On December 14, 2011, Williams called the current Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, “the Mexican on the Fourth Floor” while she was talking to State Representative Nora Espinoza during a committee break at the Capitol in Santa Fe. Williams denied she meant the phrase as an ethnic slur.[2] In her apology, Williams also said, "I am a Latina."[3]

Following the 2016 elections, Williams was chosen by the Democratic Party of New Mexico as House Majority Leader. She is the first ever African American majority leader of the New Mexico House.[4]

Education[edit]

Sheryl Williams Stapleton has received her education from the following institutions:

  • Seeking PhD, Educational Leadership, University of New Mexico
  • Masters, Multicultural Education, University of New Mexico, 1987
  • B.S., University of New Mexico, 1978[5]

Political Experience[edit]

Sheryl Williams Stapleton has had the following political experience:

  • Majority Whip, New Mexico State House of Representatives, present
  • Representative, New Mexico State House of Representatives, 1994–present
  • Vice Chair, New Mexico Democratic Party
  • Vice President, Association of State Democratic Chairs
  • Member, National Democratic Committee[5]

Current Legislative Committees[edit]

Sheryl Williams Stapleton has been a member of the following committees:

  • Education, Member
  • Labor and Human Resources, Member
  • Printing and Supplies, Member
  • Rules and Order of Business, Member[5]

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees[edit]

Sheryl Williams Stapleton has been a member of the following committees:

  • Commissioner Education Commission of the States
  • Member, Education Committee of the National Council of State Legislators
  • Member, Education Committee
  • Member, Labor & Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Printing & Supplies Committee
  • Member, Rules & Order of Business Committee[5]

Professional Experience[edit]

Sheryl Williams Stapleton has had the following professional experience:

  • Assistant Principal, Career Enrichment Center
  • Educator, Albuquerque Public School District
  • Coordinator, Schools to Careers Program
  • APS Carl Perkins Project Director and Coordinator, Career and Technical Education[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile at Freedom Speaks". Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Robertson, John. Democratic Leader Calls Gov. A ‘Mexican’, Albuquerque Journal, December 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Terrell, Steve. Stapleton Apologizes for "Mexican" Remark, "Roundhouse Roundup: The Blog," December 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Egolf in line to be next Speaker of the House". Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Representative Sheryl M. Williams-Stapleton's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 

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