Legislator Profile

Former Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner (D)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Arthenia Joyner
District Address:
Suite C
508 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33603-3415
(813) 233-4277

Capitol Address:
200 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5019
political profile
  • Senate District:19
  • First Elected:2006
  • Terms Out:2016
  • Party:Democrat
  • Delegations:Hillsborough,Manatee,Pinellas
  • District Information:Map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the Senate in 2006, reelected subsequently
    Minority (Democratic) Leader Pro Tempore, 2010-2012
    Minority (Democratic) Whip, 2008-2010, 2006-2008
    House of Representatives, 2000-2006
    Democratic Policy Chair 2004-2006
    Democratic Floor Leader 2002-2004
    Democratic Whip 2000-2002
  • Born:February 3, 1943 in Lakeland, Florida
  • Moved to Florida:
  • Religious Affiliation:African Methodist Episcopal
  • Education:Florida A&M University College of Law, J.D., 1968
    Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, B.S., Political Science, 1964
  • Occupation:Attorney; Public School Teacher, 1964-1965
  • Spouse:
  • Affiliations:American Bar Association
    Florida Association of Women Lawyers
    George E. Edgecomb Bar Association, Hillsborough County
    Greater Tampa Urban League, Life Member
    Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
    Hillsborough County Bar Association, Board of Directors
    NAACP, Life Member
    National Association of Bond Lawyers
    The Florida Bar
    Appointed by Speaker Bense to NCSL Law and Criminal Justice Committee, 2006
    Links, Inc., National Parliamentarian 1997-2000
    Commissioners' Roundtable, Airports Council International, North America, Steering Committee and Vice Chair 1992-1999
    Legal Steering Committee, Airports Council International, North America 1995-1999
    Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida 1992-1996
    Judicial Nominating Commission, 13th Judicial Circuit, Chair 1993-1994
    National Coalition 100 Black Women, Inc., National Legal Counsel 1992-1993
    Delta Sigma Theta Inc., National Legal Advisor 1985-1992
    National Bar Association, President 1984-1985
    Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, President 1974-1976
  • Highlights:Bible-Based Fellowship Church, Living Legend Award, 2006
    St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, Service Award, 2006
    Hillsborough County Sheriff and Tampa Urban League, Salute to Leadership Award, 2006
    Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc., Legislator of the Year Award, 2005
    The Florida League of Cities, Legislative Appreciation Award, 2005
    The Florida A&M University, Distinguished Community Service Award, 2005
    NAACP, Morris W. Milton Memorial Award, 2005
    Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Rosemary Barkett Award, 2005
    Tampa Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, (ACORN), Representative of the Year Award, 2005
    Florida A&M University, College of Law, Outstanding Graduate Award, 2005
    Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers, West Coast Chapter, Appreciation Award, 2005
    Ferrell Middle Magnet School, Trailblazer Award, 2005
    1st Amendment Foundation, Special Recognition Award, 2004
    Flemming Leadership Institute Fellowship, 2004
    Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Achievement Award, 2004
    Friend of Florida Association of Women Lawyers Award, 2003
    Florida Consumer Action Network, Consumer Champion Award, 2002
    The Florida Bar, Celebration of Florida's First 150 Women Lawyers and the First 5 African-American Women Lawyers, Honoree, 2000
    Airport Minority Advisory Council, Leadership Award, 1999
    Women of Distinction-Suncoast Girl Scouts Award, 1995
    George E. Edgecomb Bar Association, Francisco Rodriguez Award, 1993
    Leadership Florida, 1992-1993
    National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers', Achievement Award, 1993
    American Jewish Committee, Project Interchange's African-American Leaders Seminar in Israel, 1993
    National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Founders Achievement Award, 1992
    The Charmettes Inc., Eunice Thompson Service Award, 1992
    College Hill Resident Council, Supporting The Struggle Award, 1991
    Executive Woman of the Year, 1990
    Leadership Tampa, 1988-1989
    Plant City Business and Professional Women's Club, Dedication and Outstanding Performance Award, 1989
    Bay Area Legal Services, Pro Bono Award, 1985-1988
    Governor's Distinguished Black Floridian Award, 1987
    Who's Who Among Black Americans, 1985
    Dollars and Sense Magazine, America's Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women, 1985
    Ebony Magazine, America's 100 Most Influential Black Americans, 1985
  • Former Service:University Community Hospital Trustee, 1986-Present
    Chair, Florida Legislative Black Caucus, 2012-2013
    National Labor Caucus, Executive Committee, 2004
    Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation Board, Inc., Board of Directors, 2002
    Federal Aviation Authority Management Advisory Council, 2000-2001
    Florida A&M University Foundation, Board of Directors, 1996-2000
    Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, 1991-1999
    Tampa Bay Partnership, Policy Board, 1993-1999
    U.S. Delegation United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995
    Governor's Commission on African-American Affairs, 1993-1994
    Hillsborough County Overall Economic Development Committee, 1992-1994
    Tampa Economic Development Board, Board of Directors, 1992-1994
    U.S. Delegation World Population and Development Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 1994
    Clinton-Gore Administration, Justice-Civil Rights Transition Cluster, Senior Advisory Council, 1993
    Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Minority Economic Development Council, 1990-1993
    Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Commission, 1990-1991
    Governor's Commission on Government for the People, 1991
    Bay Area Legal Services, Board of Directors, 1977-1986, 1990
    City of Tampa General Employees Pension Fund, Board of Trustees, 1988-1990
    Hillsborough County Partners in Progress Committee, 1989
    Travelers Aid Society, Inc., Board of Directors, 1980-1988
    Governor's Task Force on the Black Family, 1986
    Helping Hand Day Nursery, Board of Directors, 1978-1986
    Hillsborough County Charter Review Board, 1985-1986
    State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Committee, 1984-1986
    Hillsborough Community Housing Resource Board, 1984-1985
    Criminal Justice Planning Council of Hillsborough County, Charter Member, 1974-1984
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