Senator Stedmann Hodge, Jr. fully understands that his first duty is to represent the people of the Virgin Islands.
Since being duly elected as a Senator within the 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands, Senator Hodge has worked feverishly with the other Senators to get the job done. He led the effort by creating and passing a significant Resolution to recover the Gasoline Excise Taxes owed to the Territory of the Virgin Islands.
Senator Hodge crafted another valuable piece of Legislation that established penalties for employers who fail to publicly post Labor Law Posters. These posters inform employees of their rights in a public place. Public restrooms in Historic Downtown Charlotte Amalie has been a long-standing concern. Senator Hodge created and passed Legislation to build said restrooms to benefit the public and visitors alike. The Senator also crafted Legislation to protect Servicemembers in the Virgin Islands National Guard from civil actions while on Temporary Active Military Duty.
Advocating for persons with disabilities is a life-long mission for Senator Hodge. Having a son with a disability reminds him daily of the many hardships facing the disabled. After meeting with several nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders, the Senator crafted Legislation that gives small businesses that hire a person with a disability a 5% annual income tax deduction.
Senator Hodge has recently introduced some new revenue generators for the Territory in the form of a bill to establish a Boat Tour/Excursion Surcharge and a bill to establish a Tourism Enhancement Revolving Fund. These revenue generators are part of the Senator’s economic development initiatives to help keep the Virgin Islands afloat and promote a global marketplace while maintaining a sustainable tourism product.
The Honorable Senator is a graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. He holds an MPA in Government Management & Project Management Certificate from DeVry Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University. At 35 years of age, Senator Hodge became a member of the Virgin Islands National Guard. He has served two tours to the Middle East, which were after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Senator Hodge began his government experience with the Virgin Islands Department of Labor. Subsequently, he moved on from the Department of Labor to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center.
Senator Hodge’s experience is in Human Resources and Labor Relations. He is actively committed to serving the community. A proud father, entrepreneur, athlete, chef, public servant, and leader, whose life experiences provide him with the direction, understanding, and sensitivity to the meet the needs of all Virgin Islands residents through Legislation and oversight.
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