Paul Stewart was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts and later moved to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, but is most recently from Newburyport, Massachusetts. Paul is currently in his third year at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover and is slated to graduate in May 2011. To help pay for his undergraduate degree, Paul enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and later enrolled in the Salem State College Army R.O.T.C. program where he received his commission as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Paul has served many years in law enforcement, loss prevention, and as an advocate for public safety. Besides working as a Police Officer, Paul's prior experiences also include, Loss Prevention Operations, Logistics, Technology, Distribution, and Physical Security.
After living in Mississippi for over over 10 years, Paul lost his Bay Saint Louis home in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. Later, after being housed in a FEMA trailer, Paul discovered high formaldehyde levels in the FEMA provided housing and later testified about the toxic trailers in front of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington.
While working to rebuild his home, and while still residing in a camper among the ruins of his home, Paul undertook the task of running for the elected office of Southern District Transportation Commission in Mississippi. The political race spanned the southern 27 counties of Mississippi, an area geographically larger than the State of Massachusetts. Although ultimately losing the election Paul feels privileged to have met so many different people with varied backgrounds and opinions who assisted with the campaign and with his growth.
Moving forward, Paul commits himself to work hard everyday to be an advocate for others and to seek opportunities and experiences that benefit his community, the underserved, and that advance a greater good.
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