Social Workers in Elected Office

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AK Andi Story D State Legislature 34 F MSW Caucasian
AZ Kyrsten Sinema D Congress Arizona F BSW, MSW Caucasian
CA Sofya Bagdasaryan   School Board Simi Valley F MSW  
CA Karen Bass D Congress 37 F MSW African American
CA Robert Bennet   School Board Upland M MSW African American
CA Siouxsie Calderon D City/Municipal Juniper Hills F MSW Hispanic/Latina
CA Maria E. Cruz School Board Covina Valley F LCSW Hispanic/Latina
CA Susan Talamantes Eggman D State Legislature 13 F MSW, PhD Hispanic/Latina
CA Grace Espindola D City/Municipal Council Member F MSW Mexican American
CA Monica Garcia D School Board Area 2 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
CA Martha Guererro D City/Municipal Mayor F MSW Mexican American
CA Cheryl Heitmann D City/Municipal Area 2 F MSW Caucasian
CA Barbara Lee D Congress 13 F MSW African American
CA Daniel Lee D City/Municipal Culver City M MSW, DSW African American
CA Rose Munoz   School Board Santa Barbara F MSW Mexican American
CA Graciela Ortiz   City/Municipal     MSW  
CA Tony Thurmond D Statewide Superintendent of Public Instruction M MSW, MLSP African American
CA Richard Tran   City/Municipal   M MSW  
CA Veronia Vasquez D City/Municipal Delano F MSW Mexican American
CA Kimberly Warmsley   City/Municipal 6 F MSW African American 
CA Jackie Wong   School Board West Sacramento F MSW Asian/Pacific
CO Tracy Kraft-Tharp D State Legislature 29 F MSW Caucasian
CO Jonathan Singer D State Legislature 11 M MSW, BSW Caucasian
CO Emily Sirota D State Legislature 9 F MSW Caucasian
CT Catina Caban-Owen D School Board Windhan F MSW Puerto Rican
CT Steve Cassano D State Legislature 4 M MSW Caucasian
CT Pamela Cranford D City/Municipal Manchester F MSW African American
CT Toni Edmunds-Walker D State Legislature 93 F BSW, MSW African American
CT Jillian Gilchrest D State Legislature 18 F MSW Caucasian
CT Anne Hughes D State Legislature 135 F MSW Caucasian
CT Rick Lopes D State Legislature 6 M MSW Caucasian
CT Mary Jane Lundgren D City/Municipal New Milford F MSW Caucasian
CT Cristin McCarthy-Vahey D State Legislature 133 F MSW Caucasian
CT Kim Shepardson Watson D School Board Chair F MSW Caucasian
DE Nnamdi Chukwuocha D State Legislature 1 M MSW African American
DE Marie Pinkney D State Legislature   F MSW African American
DE Marlene Saunders City/Municipal Bridgeville F DSW, LMSW, MSW African American
FL Steve Kornell D City/Municipal 5 M MSW Caucasian
FL John Legg Reform State Legislature 46 M BSW Caucasian
FL Diane Scott   School Board 1 F MSW, DSW Caucasian
GA Shelly Hutchinson D State Legislature 107 F MSW African American
GA Evelyn Winn Dixon D City/Municipal Riverdale, Mayor F MSW African American
HI  Haunani Apoliona I County/Borough   F MSW Asian/Pacific
HI Ryan Yamane D State Legislature 37 M MSW Asian/Pacific
IA James Anderson D Human Rights Commission Chair   M MSW Caucasian
IA Martha Anderson D State Legislature 36 F MSW Caucasian
IA Bradley Cavanagh   City/Municipal Dubuque, Mayor M MSW, BSW Caucasian
IA Joni Dittmer R School Board North Scott F MSW Caucasian
IA Nancy Z. Fett   School Board 4 F MSW Caucasian
IA Joel Fry R State Legislature 95 M MSW  
IA Kelli Soyer   School Board   F MSW Caucasian
IA Susan Kosche Vallem   City/Municipal Waverly F MSW Caucasian
IA Ross Wilburn D State Legislature 46 M MSW, BASW African American
ID Cherie Buckner-Webb D State Legislature 19 F MSW African American
ID Angenie McCleary D County/Borough Blaine County F MSW Caucasian
IL James Cappleman   City/Municipal 46 M MSW Caucasian
IL John Del Genio I School Board #72 & #807 M MSW Caucasian
IL Lori DeYoung D County/Borough 2-VC F PhD Caucasian
IL Kenneth Dunkin D State Legislature 5 M MSW African American
IL Jane Herron D School Board 502 F MSW Caucasian
IL Christine Radogno R State Legislature 41 F MSW Caucasian
IL Susan Rose   City/Municipal Elmhurst F MSW, PhD Caucasian
IL Edie Sutker I City/Municipal Skokie F MSW Caucasian
IL Chasity Wells-Armstrong D City/Municipal Kankakee F MSW African American
KS Robert Byers   School Board Lawrence M   African American
KS Susan Ruiz D State Legislature 23 F LICSW Hispanic/Latina
KS Vanessa Sanborn   School Board Lawrence F   Caucasian
KY Nicole George D City/Municipal 21st Metro F MSW Caucasian
KY Susan Westrom D State Legislature 79 F MSW Caucasian
LA Joseph Bouie, Jr. D State Legislature 97 M MSW African American
LA Ranord J Darensburg D Court Statewide M MSW African American
LA Carolyn Hill D School Board   F MSW African American
LA LaVonya Malveaux D City/Municipal Village of Palmetto F BSW African American
MA Joanne M. Comerford D State Legislature Northampton, Greenfield Town F MSW Caucasian
MA Brandy Fluker-Oakley D State Legislature 12th F BSW African American
MA Tami Gouveia D State Legislature 14 F MSW Caucasian
MA Sheila Harrington D State Legislature 1 F BSW Caucasian
MA Denise Hurst D School Board Springfield F MSW African American
MA Kathleen Kelly D School Board Cambridge F MSW Caucasian
MA Cindy King D City/Municipal Townsend F MSW Caucasian
MA Khrystian King D City/Municipal Worcester M MSW African American
MA Jennifer Lemmerman D City/Municipal Melrose F MSW Caucasian
MA Sheila Lyons D County/Borough Barnstable F MSW African American
MA Marc McGovern D City/Municipal Cambridge M MSW Caucasian
MA Brenda Noel D City/Municipal 6 F MSW Caucasian
MA Sarah Phillips D School Board 3rd F MSW declines to state
MA Sarai Rivera D City/Municipal 4 F MSW Puerto Rican
MA Barry Sanders D City/Municipal Taunton M LICSW Caucasian
MA Karen Spilka D State Legislature 2 F BSW Caucasian
MA Ayesha Wilson D School Board Cambridge F BSW, MSW African American
MD Melony Griffith D State Legislature 25 F MSW African American
MD Joanne Waszczak City/Municipal Hyattsville, Council Member F MSW Caucasian
ME Michael Brennan D City/Municipal 36 M MSW, BSW Caucasian
ME Joyce McCreight  D State Legislature 51 F MSW Caucasian
ME Christopher McLaughlin School Board Hermon M MSW, LCSW Caucasian
ME Melanie Sachs D State Legislature 48 F MSW, BSW Caucasian
ME Charlotte Warren D State Legislature 84 F MSW Caucasian
MI Rosalynn Bliss D City/Municipal Grand Rapids F MSW Caucasian
MI Felicia Brabec D County/Borough 4 F MSW
MI Laura Cardamone D City/Municipal Chippewa County F MSW Caucasian
MI Raquel Castaneda Lopez D City/Municipal 6 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
MI Charlie Cavell D County/Borough Pontiac M MSW Caucasian
MI Stephanie Chang D State Legislature 1 F MSW Asian/Pacific
MI Betsey Coffia D State Legislature 14 F BSW Caucasian
MI Ayesha Ghazi Edwin D City/Municipal Ann Arbor F MSW Asian/Pacific
MI Justin Hodge D County/Borough 5 M LMSW, MSW African American
MI Ruth Johnson R State Legislature 14 F MSW Caucasian
MI Debbie Stabenow D Congress Michigan F MSW Caucasian
MI Misha Stallworth D School Board Detroit F MSW African American
MN Jennifer Arneson   School Board 1 F MSW Caucasian
MN Angela Conley   County/Borough 4 F BSW African American
MN Heather Edelson D State Legislature 49A F MSW Caucasian
MN Mary Granlund   School Board Columbia Heights F MSW Caucasian
MN Jess Hanson D State Legislature 56A F BSW Caucasian
MN Hodan Hassan D State Legislature 62A F MSW, BSW Somali American
MN Emily Larson D City/Municipal Duluth F MSW Caucasian
MN Rafael Ortega D County/Borough 5 M MSW, BSW Hispanic/Latino
MN Rhonda Pownell   City/Municipal Northfield F BSW Caucasian
MN Emelie Rivera   City/Municipal Bemidji F MSW Caucasian
MN Paul Schnell   Corrections Commissioner   M BSW Caucasian
MS Jacquelyn C. Thigpen   City/Municipal Superintendent of Education F BSW African American
NC Sydney Batch D State Legislature 17 F MSW African American
NC Alan Beck   School Board Davidson County M BSW  
NC Jacquelyn Gist N/A City/Municipal Carrboro F MSW Caucasian
NC Theresa Locklear   City/Municipal Pembroke F MSW  
NC Graig Meyer D State Legislature 50 M MSW Caucasian
NC Paige Sayles   School Board Franklin County F MSW  
NC Summer Woodside   School Board Laurinburg F MSW  
ND Tim Mathern D State Legislature 11 M MSW Caucasian
NH James MacKay R State Legislature Merrimack - 14 M DSW Caucasian
NH Melbourne Moran D State Legislature 34 M MSW  
NH Joe Shapiro D State Legislature Chesire - 16 M MSW Caucasian
NH Kendall Snow D State Legislature Hillsborough - 42 M MSW Caucasian
NJ Joann Downey D State Legislature 11 F MSW Caucasian
NJ Sheila Oliver D Executive Statewide F MSW African American
NM Doreen Gallegos D State Legislature 52 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
NM Gerald Ortiz y Pino D State Legislature 12 M MSW Hispanic/Latino
NV Teresa Benitez-Thompson D State Legislature 27 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
NV Carolyn Edwards I School Board Clark County F MSW Caucasian
NV David Humke R County/Borough Washoe M MSW Caucasian
NV Annie Wilson I School Board 2 F MSW African American
NY Barrington R. Atkins D County/Borough 10 M LMSW
NY Bonnie Berman Library Board At Large F MSW
NY Julia Burgos   School Board 5 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
NY Steven Cymbrowitz D State Legislature 45 M MSW  
NY Carol Eason School Board At Large F LMSW
NY James J. Foley R County/Borough 17 M LCSW-R Caucasian
NY Mathylde Frontus D State Legislature 46 F PhD, LMSW, BSW Haitian-American
NY Jody Geist Library Board At Large F MSW
NY Sharon M. J. Gianelli D Court 10 F MSW Caribbean-American
NY Hilary Gingold D Court Brooklyn F BSW  
NY Helene Gugerty D County/Borough At Large F BSW Caucasian
NY Kara Hahn D County/Borough 5 F MSW Caucasian
NY Nicole Henderson School Board At Large F MSW
NY Simone Holder-Daniel D School Board 2 F LMSW  
NY Chantel Jackson D State Legislature 79 F MSW African American
NY Hope Jay   School Board North Seat F MSW  
NY Mary Kuhn D County/Borough 7 F MSW Caucasian
NY Debra Mule D State Legislature 5 F MSW Caucasian
NY Lori-Ann Novello Library Board At Large F MSW
NY Susan Parker D County/Borough 4 F MSW Caucasian
NY Yversha M. Roman D County/Borough 26 F BSW
NY Arlene Soete School Board At Large MSW, BSW
NY Lourdes M. Ventura D Court Queens F MSW  
NY Betty J. Williams D Court 2 F MSW African American
NY Jaime R. Williams D State Legislature 59 F MSW, BSW  
NY Diane Y. Wray D Court At Large F MSW Caucasian
OH Jacqueline Bird   City/Municipal Marblehead F BSW Caucasian
OH Patricia Britt D City/Municipal 6 F BSW African American
OH Thomas West D City/Municipal Canton M MSW African American
OH Tina Wozniak D County/Borough Toledo F MSW Caucasian
OR Diego Hernandez D State Legislature 47 M MSW Hispanic/Latino
OR Tawna Sanchez D State Legislature 43 F MSW Native American
OR Anna Williams D State Legislature 52 F MSW Caucasian
PA Eileen Albillar   City/Municipal Board of Supervisors F MSW Caucasian
PA William Amesbury D County/Borough Judge M MSW Caucasian
PA John Blake D State Legislature 22 M MSW Caucasian
PA Kevin Caridad R County/Borough Council Member M DSW Caucasian
PA Charles Marcinko   School Board Region 1 M MSW Caucasian
PA Diane Ellis-Marsegila D County/Borough Commissioner F MSW Caucasian
PA Sarah Graden D County/Borough Council Member F MSW Caucasian
RI Michael Burk D School Board Tiverton M MSW Caucasian
RI Maria Cimini D State Legislature 7 F MSW Caucasian
RI Gary Cournoyer D City/Municipal Jamestown M MSW Caucasian
RI Stephen Mueller D School Board   M MSW Caucasian
RI Roger Picard D State Legislature 20 M MSW Caucasian
RI Michael Reeves D School Board 5 M MSW Caucasian
RI Rita Williams   City/Municipal 2 F MSW Caucasian
SC Gilda Cobb-Hunter D State Legislature 66 F MSW African American
TN Dr. Carol B. Berz   City/Municipal 6 F MSW Caucasian
TN Joe Pitts D City/Municipal Mayor M BSW Caucasian
TX Sylvia Garcia D Congress 29 F BSW Mexican American
TX Elliott Naishtat D State Legislature 49 M MSW Caucasian
TX Jessica Ortega-Ochoa   City/Municipal 1 F MSSW Hispanic/Latina
UT Francis D. Gibson R State Legislature 65 M MSW Caucasian
UT Sandra Hollins D State Legislature 23 F MSW African American
VA Elizabeth Guzman D State Legislature 31 F MSW Hispanic/Latina
VA Kathy Tran D State Legislature 42 F MSW Asian/Pacific
VT Janet Ancel D State Legislature Washington 6 F MSW Caucasian
VT Brian Cina D State Legislature Chittenden 6-4 M MSW Caucasian
VT Ann Denison Pugh D State Legislature Chittenden 7-2 F MSW Caucasian
VT Tanya Vyhovsky D State Legislature Chittenden 8-1 F MSW, LICSW Caucasian
WA Tam Dinh   School Board Mercer Island F MSW, BSW Asian/Pacific
WA Tina Orwall D State Legislature 33 F MSW Caucasian
WA Alicia Rule D State Legislature 42 F MSW  
WI Kate Beaton   City/Municipal At Large F BSW Caucasian
WI Don Mowry   County/Borough Eau Claire M DSW  
WI Mark Schmitt   County/Borough Rusk County M MSW Caucasian
WI Nick Smiar D County/Borough Eau Claire M PhD Caucasian
WI Mykeerah Zarazua   City/Municipal 4th F MSW African American (biracial)+H60
WY Georgia Broyles   City/Municipal III F MSW Caucasian
WY Floyd Esquibel D State Legislature 44 M MSW, BSW Hispanic/Latino
WY Jerry Iekel R State Legislature 29 M MSW, BSW Caucasian

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