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Cynthia Moore Chestnut

District: 23 -- Democrat

Parts of Alachua, Marion

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Gainesville
Occupation:  Director, Educational/Community Programs Community Health Center at Eastside
Child(ren):  Christopher Moore Chestnut
Education:  Florida A & M University, B.S., Speech Pathology, 1970; Florida State University, M.S., Speech Pathology, 1971; Nova University, Doctorate of Public Administration, 1981
Born:  July 25, 1949, Tallahassee, FL
Religious Affiliation:  United Methodist

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1990, reelected subsequently
Majority Whip 1990-1992
House Committee on Education Chair 1994-1996
Education Appropriations Vice-Chair 1998-Present

Other Public Services

Gainesville City Commissioner 1987-1990
Black on Black Crime Task Force Board Member 1987-Present
Gainesville City Mayor-Commissioner 1989-1990
reelected to Gainesville City Commission 1990 (resigned effective November 6, 1990)
District 3 Juvenile Justice Board 1993
Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) 1994-Present
Women in Government 1996
Women Actions for New Directions (WAND) Board Member 1996
Women's Legislator's Lobby (WiLL) 1996
Henry Foster Planning Committee 1996-1997
Martin

Affiliations

Easter Seals Advisory Board
Shepards Center Advisory Board
LINKS Inc. Gainesville Chapter Member, President 1989
Honorary Co-Chair, March of Dimes - Walk America 1997
Junior League of Gainesville Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
NAACP
Florida Commission on Human Relations past member-appointed by Governor Bob Graham
Florida Council on Vocational Education
Gainesville Women's Forum
Altrusa
Rotary Club of Gainesville
Florida Parents and Teachers Association Lifetime Member
Women in Government

Highlights

Florida Association of Student Services Administrators past president 1987-1988
Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Legislator of the Year 1992
Florida League of Conservation Voter Gold Star Recipient 1992
Alachua County League of Women Voters Outstanding Legislator of the Year 1993
Florida Association of School Administrators Raymond B. Stewart Gavel of Authority Award 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996
United Faculty of Florida, University of Florida Chapter, Legislator of the Year 1993
Funeral Directors Association of Florida Legislator of the Year 1994
Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee's Eleanor Roosevelt Freedom Fighter Award 1994
Florida School Boards Association Legislator of the Year 1994 and 1995
FTP-NEA Legislative Friend of Education 1994
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Beta Phi Chapter, Citizen of the Year 1994
Santa Fe Community College, Alachua/Bradford Counties Woman of Distinction Award 1995
Florida Teaching Profession/National Education Association (FTP/NEA) Legislative Friend of Education Award 1995
Santa Fe Community College Cynthia Moore Chestnut Service Learning Award 1996
Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women Ida B. Wells Award 1997