Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett represents the United States Virgin Islands’ at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is currently serving her fourth term in Congress.
For the 117th Congress, the members of the House Steering and Policy Committee unanimously appointed Congresswoman Plaskett to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the oldest and one of the most exclusive committees in Congress. In true historic fashion, Mrs. Plaskett is the first Member from a U.S. territory and the fourth African-American woman to serve on this committee. Currently serving her fourth term on the House Committee on Agriculture Congresswoman Plaskett previously served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. Mrs. Plaskett is also a new member of the House Committee on Budget. Congresswoman Plaskett has also previously served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Mrs. Plaskett is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, House Blockchain Caucus, and the New Democrat Coalition where she is a co-chair of the Infrastructure Taskforce and the at-large Leadership Member. Congresswoman Plaskett also co-chairs the Congressional Caribbean Caucus.
After the attack and insurrection of January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol, the House of Representatives voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump for “incitement of insurrection”, alleging that he had incited the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. These events were preceded by numerous unsuccessful attempts by Trump to overturn the 2020 presidential election, as well as his pushing of voter fraud conspiracy theories on his social media channels before, during, and after the election. Stacey Plaskett was appointed by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to be one of the nine impeachment managers to prosecute President Trump in the US Senate. Plaskett conducted some of the most detailed presentations of the events of the day and also was one of the managers chosen to respond to the Questions of US Senators during a day of the proceedings. Her presentation is seen by legal scholars and the general public as one of the most powerful of the trial. At the time of the Senate trial, Stacey Plaskett was the only Black woman in the Senate Chamber.
Plaskett is a staunch advocate for poverty reduction and equal voting rights and is well versed in Caribbean economic development and public-private partnerships for growing the economies of developing areas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law. The Congresswoman has a long history of public service having started as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s office as well as having worked as a political appointee at the Department of Justice where she served as Senior Counsel under both Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and his successor James Comey. There she worked on the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, The Terrorism Litigation Task Force, advanced the DOJ Diversity Initiative to increase minority attorneys, and was the lead political attorney on the RICO case against the tobacco companies US v Phillip Morris, et. al. In the Virgin Islands she served as General Counsel for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority charged with the economic development of the US territory and also worked in private practice as counsel and transactional attorney for numerous companies.
Most importantly, Stacey is the mother of 5 – three adults and 2 younger children and the wife of Jonathan Buckney-Small. She and Jonathan are avid readers, cooks and news junkies.