The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Maine State Representative Paula Sutton as a 2018 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.
This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.
The 2018 Women of Excellence honoree will be presented with an award at the Women of Excellence reception at the beautiful Newseum the night of Tuesday, November 13, 2018 during NFWL’s 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
The reception will bring together elected women conference attendees from across the country to recognize the accomplishments of Women of Excellence Award Winners.
“Part of the spirit of NFWL is that we take time to acknowledge the significant accomplishments of the hardworking and dedicated women around us, and we are delighted to recognize this year’s honorees,” shares NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas.
Rep. Sutton learned from a young age that success can be the fruit of adversity. With her own personal experience with a childhood disability, she is a champion for prioritizing Maine’s most vulnerable citizens. Not one to dwell on victimhood, her positive can-do attitude, her strong work ethic, and her love of state and country are some of her driving forces. Rep. Sutton has sponsored and passed legislation to inform voters of fiscal impact when approving new bonds which helps promote sustainable government. She serves on the Marine Resources and Government Oversight committees, and is the Principal Officer of the Women’s Leadership Fund. Regarding jobs and the economy Paula has been involved in the Maine lobster and restaurant industries for many years; she knows how important jobs are to the Maine workforce and how vital is to have healthy workers.
The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states, before being chosen by a distinguished panel of NFWL members.
“We congratulate our winners from this year and look forward presenting them with their award in November,” Thomas concludes.
About the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc. (NFWL)
Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from the city, county and state level. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. http://www.womenlegislators.org