American University of Antigua is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for the Class of 2011 Commencement will be Senator John Llewllyn Sampson.

Senator John Llewllyn Sampson, Leader of the Democratic Conference, was elected to the New York State Senate in 1996. He represents the 19th Senatorial District which encompasses Canarsie, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, East New York, Spring Creek Towers, Kensington, and parts of Midwood, Old Mill Basin, and Brownsville, in Brooklyn.

Senator Sampson was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to American and Guyanese parents. Senator Sampson received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1987 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. In 1988, he enrolled at Albany Law School. During his studies there, he worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation until his graduation in 1991. Presently, the Senator is a partner in a law firm of Gail A. Adams & Associates, with an office in Brooklyn, New York.

As an active participant in community affairs, the Senator has conducted free legal clinics and represented candidates in election matters before the New York Supreme Court. He is a member of several political organizations, including the New Era Community Democratic Club, New Era PAC, and the Rosetta Gatson Democratic Club. Senator Sampson has the distinction of being the first African-American to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is also Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission. Senator Sampson is also the Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations.