Social Work and Public Affairs graduate is newest state lawmaker


Paul Atkinson

Arizona’s newest lawmaker is a social work and community advocate from Tempe and a graduate of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Celest Plumlee was appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to replace Andrew Sherwood in the Arizona House of Representatives. Sherwood was previously selected to fill an open seat in the Arizona State Senate. Plumlee earned a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from the college after earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from ASU.

Plumlee is heavily involved in the community. She chairs the Board of Directors for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and is a member of the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission. Plumlee is a fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, and graduated from the Emerge Arizona Class of 2015 and Tempe Leadership Class 26.  

Prior to her appointment to the legislater, Plumlee served as a crisis response team member and group facilitator with the CARE 7 City of Tempe Crisis Response Team. She previously provided strategy and program evaluation as a program manager with the Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.

While a student in the college, Plumlee was a teaching assistant and a research analyst for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.

Plumlee has been assigned to serve on two senate committees that her education and experience are well-suited for, Commerce and County and Municipal Affairs.  Plumlee’s term ends next January.