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Jamilah Nasheed Looks Back On Her Legislative Service

Former Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The St. Louis Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about some of the highlights of her legislative career now that she has been term-limited out of office.

Nasheed recently completed her eight-year run as the senator for the 5th District, which takes in portions of St. Louis. She is the first person to complete two consecutive four-year terms for the district since J.B. “Jet” Banks. Nasheed also served six years in the Missouri House.

Here’s what Nasheed talked about on the program:

  • Her transition from being an activist to a member of the Missouri General Assembly. She noted how being a lawmaker requires building relationships, especially with Republicans who control the General Assembly.
  • Nasheed said during her first appearance on Politically Speaking in 2013 that the biggest mistake of her legislative career was voting to overturn campaign finance limits in 2008. She discussed whether a 2016 ballot item reinstating them has been effective at keeping money out of politics.
  • Nasheed, who has been a supporter of Tishaura Jones’ St. Louis mayoral bid, gave her take on the upcoming contest.
  • She also believes St. Louis is about to go through a monumental political change besides the race for mayor. Nasheed pointed out that the impending reduction of the Board of Aldermen to 14 members will fundamentally alter who gets to make key decisions in city politics.

Nasheed won a House seat in 2006. She also owned a bookstore that was a well-known gathering place for some of the city’s most prominent political players.

She advanced to the Missouri Senate in 2013 after defeating incumbent Robin Wright-Jones in a spirited Democratic primary. She won reelection in 2016, and was unable to run for another term because of term limits. In 2019, Nasheed narrowly lost an election for St. Louis Board of Aldermen President to incumbent Lewis Reed.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jamilah Nasheed on Twitter: @SenatorNasheed

Jamilah Nasheed Looks Back On Her Legislative Service
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Maria Chappelle-Nadal Looks Back At 16 Years In The Missouri Legislature

Former state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the University City Democrat talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her 16 years of service in the Missouri House and Senate.

Chappelle-Nadal resigned in December to take a job with St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days, D-Bel Nor. Days was Chappelle-Nadal’s predecessor in the Senate and served as one of her mentors throughout the years.

Here’s what Chappelle-Nadal talked about on the program:

  • The effect of her primary battles. Chappelle-Nadal, who represented a highly Democratic district, said facing credible challenges in primaries made her a better legislator, because it required her to be closely in touch with her constituents.
  • Her approach toward education policy, which often included walking a fine line among competing interest groups to achieve certain legislative goals. Chappelle-Nadal was heavily involved in crafting legislation changing the state’s school transfer law, which was a major issue when Normandy’s school district lost accreditation.
  • Takeaways from being a part of the protest movement that arose after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. She also discussed the lack of movement on the policy front — and the challenges for some activists who have made the successful jump into the electoral arena.
  • Her use of the filibuster and how she managed to wield that procedural maneuver, which stalls legislation, to maximum effectiveness.

After serving as an aide to Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, Chappelle-Nadal successfully ran for the Missouri House in 2004. She won reelection in 2006 and 2008 before winning a competitive race for the 14th District Senate seat in 2010.

She won reelection to that seat in 2014. Her only electoral loss was in 2016, to U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay. Once she hit term limits in the Missouri Senate, she successfully ran for her final term in the Missouri House.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Twitter: @mariachappellen

Maria Chappelle-Nadal Looks Back At 16 Years In The Missouri Legislature
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