Maryland State Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam is retiring.
The Jamaican-born 80-year-old announced her retirement on Sunday via a letter to Senate leadership citing health concerns following multiple back injuries.
Pulliam is the first Caribbean-born person to ever be elected to the Maryland General Assembly.
She had three spine surgeries in recent years, the most recent being in late September.
Born in Trelawny, Jamaica, she studied nursing at a number of schools before receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1980 and a master’s degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1984.
In addition to owning her own business, she has been a faculty associate in nursing for Johns Hopkins. Before being elected in 1994, Nathan-Pulliam was active with Democratic Party organisations at the state and national level, as well as with Planned Parenthood of Maryland and various professional nursing organizations. Nathan-Pulliam has received a number of awards for her advocacy on health care.
Nathan-Pulliam served 20 years in the House of Delegates and was in her fifth year in the Senate.
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