Advocacy Bug leads to Award
AARP honors Julie Tucker for Advocacy work.
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, AARP Wyoming honored Tucker as its 2017 Advocacy Award winner for her work with the Wyoming State Legislature on AARP Wyoming’s behalf.
Cheyenne’s Julie Tucker was first bit by the advocacy bug when she was elected vice president of her unit in Laramie County School District 1. Her time in that role lasted just six months until a resignation led her to take over the presidency of the unit. A member of the Wyoming Education Association Board of Directors, she has spent 25 years advocating for educators. This year Tucker became a strong member of the AARP advocacy team as she updated the retired teachers of Cheyenne on AARP legislation. She also developed a working relationship with those in the Legislative Service Office to gain a better understanding of AARP legislation, and taught others new to the process more about the legislative process.
Tucker, who has been married to her husband, Bob, for 47 years, has brought that willingness to speak up for the good to AARP. At her first AARP meeting, she told Carole Martin she wished to advocate for disability rights. She was quickly directed to the Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities. While she is a regular in advocacy roles she is perhaps better known for her work with Cheyenne Frontier Days. Most days during CFD, she can be found in the media trailer handing out press badges to media and making sure Cheyenne and Frontier Days are shown in the best possible light.
Associate State Director – Communications and State Advocacy