Janelle Sarauw

Senator, U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, At-Large

Janelle is the youngest and only openly LGBTQ member of the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature


Janelle K. Sarauw was re-elected to the 33rd Legislature on November 6, 2018. Her signature legislation, the State Apprenticeship bill, became law during the 32nd Legislature. The bill amends the VI Code related to apprenticeship standards, authorizing and mandating the Department of Labor to promulgate regulations pursuant to becoming a recognized State Apprentice Agency. This means more job opportunities for the youth of the Virgin Islands. Senator Sarauw’s ultimate outlook however, is the overall opportunities and quality of life afforded to the VI populace. Throughout her term, Senator Sarauw has also proposed and stated her position regarding controversial bills on the environment, economic development, education, probate, expungement, and was the primary sponsor of the Division of Festival, now law.

Born in St. Thomas, USVI, Senator Sarauw attended Florida Atlantic University on a full volleyball scholarship earning a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science with a concentration in Global Governance; Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science and a minor in History. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a U.S. Government Certified Grant Writer. Senator Sarauw was also honored by Under 35 emerging leaders, NBC News Out, Florida Atlantic University Distinguished Alumni 2019 and many other civic awards.

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