Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a Missouri-born politician and is currently a member of the Missouri State Senate. Before stepping into her current position, Chappelle-Nadal served as a Missouri House of Representatives member. She currently represents District 14 of the state. Chappelle-Nadal is a member of the Democratic party.
Personal Life of Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Chappelle-Nadal was born in University City, Missouri, on October 3, 1974. She is currently 43 years of age. After graduating from high school, Chappelle-Nadal continued her education at Georgia State University, where she eventually graduated with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in political science and sociology. Chappelle-Nadal was a participant in the National Organization for Black-Elected Legislative/Women and the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, being one of only sixteen chosen to receive the prestigious honor. In 2002, she also became a member of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and, in 2004, became a participant in the American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.
The career of Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Chappelle-Nadal’s political career began in 2004 when she ran for election into the Missouri House of Representatives. She won the race, representing District 72 of the state of Missouri. During the campaign period, Chappelle-Nadal raised $33,531 in donations. In 2006, Chappelle-Nadal ran for reelection in the Missouri House of Representatives, winning the race. This year, she collected $49,446 in donations. In 2008, she ran for reelection in the Missouri House of Representatives for a third and final time, winning once again. This year, she collected $51,386 in donations and received contributions from 72Nd Democratic Legislative District Cmte, Boeing Co, Missouri Education Association, and Home Builders Association of St Louis & Eastern Missouri.
In 2010, Chappelle-Nadal ran for election into the Missouri State Senate for the first time. Upon winning the race, she was the first elected state senator of District 14 in 2010. During the election campaign, she raised $185,044 in donations. She received large contributions from Sandy Tsai, Express Scripts, Missouri Health & Hospital Association, and Prosthetic & Orthotic Care Inc. She assumed her position in January of 2011, taking over for Rita Heard Days. Though she was not up for reelection in 2012, as her position in the Missouri State Senate is a four-year long-term term, she managed to raise $44,940 during that election cycle.
In 2014, her term in the Missouri State Senate was up, and the Democratic ran for reelection. Running against her was Independent candidate Christine LaPorta, who, in the end, only received 5.8% of the final vote. Nevertheless, Chappelle-Nadal was successful in the election race, receiving 94.2% percent of the vote (over 30,000 votes total), and began to serve another term. During this election period, Chappelle-Nadal raised more than ever before, bringing in $305,969 in donations.
During each election period and when serving in her different positions, Chappelle-Nadal was very concerned with many big themes and issues that she wished to tackle. Among these were the Environment, Education, Health & Social Equity, Infrastructure & the Economy, and Citizen Equality. In addition, Chappelle-Nadal is well-known for being a large critic of the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown in August of 2014.