Rep. Paula Sutton Overcomes Obstacles and Wins National Honor

10/31/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is honoring Rep. Paula Sutton as a 2018 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.

“I am very humbled and rather surprised to receive such a prestigious award,” Rep. Sutton said. “I didn’t realize people were paying attention to what a freshman legislator from mid-coast Maine was doing and am inspired to continue working hard for the State of Maine.”

According to NFWL, the award identifies women who work tirelessly, break down barriers and overcome obstacles, to serve their communities.

NFWL will be present the Republican from Warren and the rest of the 2018 Women of Excellence honorees with an award at the Women of Excellence reception at the Newseum on Tuesday, November 13. It will be NFWL’s 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Sutton says, she is motivated to continue fighting for future generations of Mainers.

“At a birthday party over the weekend, I had an opportunity to hold an infant and realized I was cradling our future in my arms,” Rep. Sutton said. “That is the kind of thing that keeps me going.”

From NFWL:

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.

The reception will bring together elected women from across the country, recognizing their accomplishments.

“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,” said NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas.

Speaker of the Swamp, Democrat Sara Gideon will also be an honoree.

NFWL describes itself as an organization that supports elected women from the city, county and state level through annual educational and networking events.

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.