Wyoming's first Navajo and Native American State Senator
Listen to Affie's Story.
In January 2017, Affie Ellis served her first term as a Wyoming State Senator, becoming the first Navajo and first Native American person to ever serve in the Wyoming State Senate. Affie was born to a working class family in Jackson, and spent weekends cleaning motel rooms with her mother, Lenore. Affie “wouldn’t trade that experience for anything,” because it taught her life-long lessons of perseverance, hard work, wanting to better herself, and in turn, giving back to others.
Affie’s adamant that her rise to public office is a job, not her identity, and she is committed to doing the best work possible for Wyoming. A working mom of three in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Affie’s story of success is one of self-starting and stepping up.