assignment #2 - Carmelina Vilardi Period 3 Kane State Level...

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Carmelina Vilardi 10/28/06 Period 3 Kane State Level Officials - Shirley K. Turner and Leonard Lance Shirley K. Turner is a New Jersey State Legislature. She is an American Democrat Party politician who has been serving on the Senate since 1998. Turner represents the 15 th Legislative District in New Jersey. Ms. Turner is currently serving her third term in the New Jersey Senate. Senator Turner is Senate President Pro Tempore, a position which she has held since 2004. She serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and is a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Commission on Business Efficiency in the Public Schools. Turner attended Trenton State College in New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and then attended Rider College, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling. She is currently the Associate Director of Career Services at Rider University. Before being elected to the Senate, she served in New Jersey’s General Assembly for four years. Also, before entering state politics, she served on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders as Freeholder Vice President from 1983 to 1986. Being only the second African-American woman elected to the State Senate, Ms. Turner’s main reasons for running for the Senator position was to ensure the rights of women and other people as well. She is working hard to improve legislation in the
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interest of women, families, and children. Turner wants to ensure that all women are protected and have the care they need to raise a family and themselves. She wants to make sure that women, and all families in general, can provide for each other and not have worry about paying ridiculous bills. I think it’s about time that someone stood up for women rights and is actually doing something about it. Her reasons for candidacy were very important to everyone, not just women. So far during her career as New Jersey Legislature, Senator Turner has been involved in a numerous amount of reforms to help society. She has done a great deal to improve the quality of education for children of all ages. As a career educator, she has a strong interest in educational issues. Her legislation is making higher education opportunities accessible to all residents. A few of the laws she enacted include strengthening screening procedures for school bus drivers and mandating a minimum training standard for school swim instructors. I think it is imperative to ensure to the safety of children, especially at school. A school is where children are spending most of their time, for a good portion of the year, and knowing that they are safe puts the parents at ease and allows the children to learn more efficiently. Senator Turner is also a strong advocate in the fight for civil rights. She suggests
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  • New Jersey, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, New Jersey Senate, Senator Shirley K. Turner, Shirley K. Turner

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assignment #2 - Carmelina Vilardi Period 3 Kane State Level...

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