Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-34) has appointed Ricky Stephens as her new Chief of Staff.
In 2018, Ricky received his bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs & Administration with a minor in political science from Rutgers University-Newark. In December of 2020, he graduated cum laude from the Rutgers University-Newark with a master’s degree in Public Affairs & Administration with a concentration in leadership of public organizations.
“I am very humbled and honored knowing that Assemblywoman Timberlake believes in my ability to serve in this role successfully and I look forward to exceeding her expectations” said Ricky. “I’m grateful for another opportunity to be a change agent in the community and help shape policies with the Assemblywoman that move our state forward.”
Ricky is a proud product of the Legislative Black Caucus Foundation where he became the first intern assigned to a legislator in 2018. Ricky served as the Legislative Director for Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley in Union County where he helped move through the legislative process many social justice bills most of which Assemblywoman Timberlake also sponsored.
Among these bills were cannabis legalization for adult use, the expansion of expungements for non-violent offenses, the expansion of voting rights, and ‘earn your way out’ law which helps inmates’ transition back to into society in a productive way.
His experience serving as an intern, Legislative Aide, and Legislative Director have prepared him to embrace the challenges that come with his new Chief of Staff position.