SENATOR ARTHENIA L. JOYNER

SENATOR ARTHENIA L. JOYNER

Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, an attorney, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 where she served for three terms and in 2006 she was elected to the Florida Senate. She was elected by her Senate peers to serve as The Florida Senate Democratic Leader for the 2014-2016 term, making her the 1st black woman to hold the position.

Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, an attorney, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 where she served for three terms and in 2006 she was elected to the Florida Senate. She was elected by her Senate peers to serve as The Florida Senate Democratic Leader for the 2014-2016 term, making her the 1st black woman to hold the position.

Arthenia has been a groundbreaking leader in her profession. She received her B. S. and J.D. degrees from Florida A & M University. She was the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County and has practiced law for forty-seven (47) years – longer than any black woman in the history of Florida. She is currently the National Vice President of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL/Women) and the State Director for Women in Government. Most recently she was appointed to represent the Florida Senate on the Criminal Justice Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Arthenia, an ardent advocate for civil rights, is a renowned champion for fairness and justice. Facing segregation and discrimination, she participated in the first civil rights demonstrations in her hometown of Tampa and was arrested twice while attending Florida A & M University when participating in efforts to desegregate movie theaters. As President of the National Bar Association (1984-1985), she was arrested in a protest against apartheid outside the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.

Throughout her service in the Legislature, Senator Joyner has been a stalwart supporter of a wide variety of issues centered on human rights, civil rights, criminal and civil justice reform, health policy, and consumer protection. Her knowledge, awareness and preparation on issues on which she votes are exceptional. She has never failed to support legislation aimed at serving the best interests and improving the quality of life of the people she serves. Senator Joyner’s activism has resulted in raising issues that either furthered or defeated important legislation.

Senator Joyner has served in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels including: President, National Bar Association; Executive Committee, National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Women in Government; Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL and Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus. Previously, she served as National Legal Advisor to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Parliamentarian, The Links,

Inc., and Legal Counsel to The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Among her most prestigious awards are appointments by President Clinton to the U.S. Delegation to the Population Conference in Cairo, Egypt, the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the Management Advisory Council of the Federal Aviation Authority. She has been widely recognized for her leadership on women’s and human rights issues and her relentless passion for justice, truth, and equal rights.