Born: May 13, 1966
Place of Birth: New York, NY
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Stacey Plaskett is an American politician who is currently the delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the United States Virgin Islands's at-large congressional district.
Plaskett has practiced law in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is known for her understanding of Caribbean economic development and public-private partnerships for growing the economy of developing areas. She is an active community advocate in the Virgin Islands.
After graduating from law school, Plaskett was an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, New York. She prosecuted several hundred cases and was eventually in the Narcotics Bureau. She then worked as a consultant and legal counsel focused on internal corporate investigations and strategy for the Mitchel Madison Group, a spin-off from McKinsey & Company. Plaskett moved to Washington, DC and worked as counsel on the US House of Representatives, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct; the Ethics Committee. Plaskett left the Committee when she was asked by mentor and fellow trustee at Choate, Robert McCallum (later Ambassador to Australia) to work at the Justice Department as a political appointee.
She served as Counsel for the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, and also as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Torts Branch in the Civil Division. Plaskett then worked on the staff of Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, primarily working on the Justice Honors program and an initiative to increase the number of minority and women attorney's at the Justice Department. At Justice she also worked on the Terrorism Litigation Task Force and the September 11 Victims' Compensation Fund. She was also the lead attorney (heading a team of 50 attorneys against over 300) for the US RICO case against the tobacco industry (at the time the largest civil case in US history); US v. Phillip Morris, et al. The lawsuit sought disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from youth advertising, false advertisement and specifically noted advertisement in minority communities for "replacement smokers".
During her time at Justice her boss, Larry Thompson, resigned and was replaced by James Comey. Comey asked Plaskett to remain on staff, and she served under his leadership as well. Plaskett left government to be a deputy general counsel at United Health Group, where she worked in the Medicaid/Medicare division: Americhoice under the leadership of Anthony Welters. She then relocated full-time to her ancestral home of the US Virgin Islands and worked in the private sector and then with the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority. There she worked on tax incentive programs and public private partnerships trying to bring economic growth to the development of the territory.
In 2012, Plaskett challenged nine-term delegate Donna Christian-Christensen in the Democratic Party Primary. Plaskett was unsuccessful, receiving 42.49% of the vote to Christian-Christensen's 57.48%.
In 2014, Plaskett ran for the office again, after formally declaring her candidacy in November 2013. In the Democratic Primary held on August 2, she faced Shawn-Micheal Malone, a Virgin Islands Senator, and Senate President, and Emmett Hansen, a former Virgin Islands Senator and Former chair of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands. She received 50.4% of the vote to Malone's 41.61% and Hansen's 7.92%. She later faced Republican Vince Danet in the General Election held on November 4. She received over 90% of the vote.
Plaskett was challenged in the Democratic Party Primary by former Virgin Islands Senator Ronald Russell. Plaskett defeated Russell in the primary with 85.48% of the vote to his 14.04%. In the general election, she faced Republican Gordon Ackley, an Air Force veteran and business owner, who ran as a write-in candidate. Plaskett won the election in a landslide, garnering almost 98% of the vote.
Plaskett won re-election unopposed in either the Democratic primary or the general election. Source.